The girls' plan shocked parents and administrators at the 1,student school and sparked a still-simmering debate about contraception in the fiercely Catholic fishing town's schools, the Boston Globe reported.
Equally disturbing is that some of the men involved in the pregnancies are in their mids, one reportedly being a homeless year-old from the area. The film gets to the heart of teenage pregnancy--the reasons behind it and its fallout.
Gloucester pregnancy plot thickens
Written by Anonymous. Sex-ed classes at the school end freshman year, and teen parents are encouraged to take their children to the free on-site day-care center.
School officials began investigating the unusual spike in teen pregnancies in October, when more than the usual amount of students began visiting the school health clinic for pregnancy tests. Edit Storyline In the summer ofa high school principal tefn rumors of a pregnancy pact at his school to a reporter at a national magazine.
By May of this Glucester, Time reported, the school's nurse practitioner had administered pregnancy tests at the clinic, prompting the staff to advocate prescribing contraceptives to students without parental consent. For more on teen pregnancy and other sex-related issues, check out ItsYourSexLife. Add Image Add an image Do you have any images for this title?
You have to take care of your baby," said Fidler, who has broken up with the baby's father and lost her job at McDonald's, according to the paper. You can't do stuff that normal teens do," said Meaghan Orlando, now 17 and the mother of 3-month-old Jayden.
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The report described a scene where strollers sit seamlessly alongside cheerleaders and junior ROTC members in the hallways of Gloucdster High. There were 18 pregnancies in the insular seaside town of Gloucester, Massachusetts that year, in comparison to the usual three Glouvester four. As the definitive investigation of the Gloucester pregnancy pact, 'The Gloucester 18' talks to the girls and their families and the health officials who counseled them, many of whom are speaking for the very first time.
I tesn have a lot of support. According to a report in the new issue of Time magazine, the dramatic increase is due, in part, to a pact among eight girls from the school, none older than 16, who vowed to get pregnant and raise their children together. Reporters from all over the world flooded Gloucester, turning the town into the center of an embarrassing scandal. Last month at a school committee meeting, Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk inquired about filing statutory-rape charges against some of the men, according to the paper.