Monday, June 23, 2008

Baby Boom

Tomorrow's future is looking more bleak as the days pass. At Gloucester High School, there is a student body of approximately 1,200 students. Of those 1,200 students, 17 of them were pregnant as of summer vacation. This is an alarming number for any school, let alone a small high school in Massachusetts. Even more alarming is that half of those girls, none older than 16, confessed that they made a pact to get pregnant!! That's right they did this on purpose. One girl even admitted that the man who got her pregnant, is a 24 year old homeless guy.

As overwhelming as 17 pregnant students in one school sounds, the number could have been larger. Girls flocked into the school clinic to get pregnancy tests starting back in October of last year; some even came back multiple times throughout the school year. The ones who found out they were not pregnant, seemed upset. However the ones who found out they were, took it as good news and some even high-fived and started planning on baby showers.

The saddest part of this story is the motive behind these illogical actions. One student, who had her baby four years ago as a freshman, says that she thinks the girls involved in the pact are looking for love and companionship. They are all friends who plan on being pregnant and raising their babies together. They want to help each other out and have someone to "love them unconditionally."

Have high school relationships become this emotionally devastating? Do we live in such an elitist society, that it takes a pregnancy pact for a group of girls to feel like they belong? What does it say about parenting, when your child feels so unloved, that she thinks a baby will give her the love she needs to be happy?

These girls don't realize that a child will not cure their feelings of emptiness and isolation. They needed to develop stronger relationships with their parents and their families. Having a child is not an accomplishment, it is a responsibility. These girls have already proven to be irresponsible, and if they keep it up as parents, 16 years from now we could be reading another story just like this one.


1 comment:

  1. I was completely taken aback when I heard about this story. What is our generation coming to? What legacy are we leaving? At this point, I'm afraid to bring children into the world, for fear of having them negatively influenced by the things that are beyond my control.