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Seventeen Pregnant Girls…At The Same High School…Yup, It’s a Coincidence

Posted by thelanetrain on June 24, 2008

Rumors spread last week following a story that seventeen high school girls from Gloucester, MA (mostly sophomores!) made a pact to get pregnant. Well, now one of the seventeen went on Good Morning America and said the whole thing was a coincidence and that they were just unlucky. Right…. It just so happens that there are seventeen Junos running around in the same high school and we’re expected to believe this wasn’t on purpose?

After The Jump: What’s really going on here…

There must be something in the water at Gloucester High School, or they have the worst sex-ed program in the nation, but somehow, seventeen girls this suburban Massachusetts high school got preggers this year. It all started last week with this article in Time Magazine, which reported that the high school had an increase from four to seventeen pregnancies in the last year. The principal first noticed in October that “an unusual number of girls began filing into the school clinic to see if they were pregnant.” Then in May, “Some girls seemed upset…[that] they weren’t pregnant.” Eventually, the principal got half of the girls to confess that there was a pact to get pregnant and raise the children together. And the ultimate shocker? Not all of the fathers were the strapping young semen-spewers of Gloucester High. As the principal sadly tells Time:

“We found out one of the fathers is a 24-year-old homeless guy.”

Well at least he’s not old enough to be her dad (or so we think).

But the media has nonetheless had a field day with the story, citing a whole cavalcade of reasons and influences as to why it happened or what will become of the children. Some speculate that the glamorized image of pregnant teens in the media influenced the girls to try it themselves, others worry that the town’s strong catholic influence encouraged them not to pursue abortions, but as far as the story is concerned, the pregnancies were not the result of a lack of birth control available to students, contrary to popular belief. Simply put, these girls probably just wanted to have babies, voluntarily.

Then just yesterday, Gloucester’s mayor Carolyn Kirk and the school board issued this press release. The document states that the high rate is nothing more than “a sudden spike” and that most importantly

“We have not been able to confirm the existence of a pact [and] we are seeking to to understand whether is based on fact or rumor.”

But didn’t the principal JUST SAY that the girls confessed to a pregnancy pact? Turns out the principal was fabricating a story. In a follow up with Time, Mayor Kirk states:

“The principal, who was not present at the meeting, is now ‘foggy in his memory’ of how he heard about the pact.”

Essentially, the pact was just something that an upset, stressed out high school principal made-up to justify the large number of sudden unwed mothers-to-be in this very religious community. Sounds an awful lot like this if you ask me. We just need some convincing young children and foppish magistrates to make it complete.

So back to today’s development, the high school student who spoke out by going on national television. Lindsey Oliver, 17, a rising senior at Gloucester High, and apparently, proudly pregnant, finally put the rumors to rest with this end all statement:

“There was definitely no pact…There was a group of girls already pregnant that decided they were going to help each other to finish school and raise their kids together. I think it was just a coincidence.”

Thats it: no pacts, no media influence, no inspirations, just a lot of girls who just happened to get knocked up, and one nervous principal who sensationalizes all the scandalous catholic-taboo-details. Thank goodness.

But hopefully, instead of having seventeen Junos, we’ll see the formation of seventeen forced loving couples like this one.

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