Pregnancy is fashionable for girls at Gloucester High in Massachusetts. Seventeen girls are expecting out of 1,200 students. It’s no accident, reports Time.
. . . nearly half the expecting students, none older than 16, confessed to making a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together.
One of the fathers is a 24-year-old homeless man, says the principal.
Gloucester is a mostly white fishing town that’s lost a lot of jobs. Families are breaking down, says Time.
The high school has done perhaps too good a job of embracing young mothers. Sex-ed classes end freshman year at Gloucester, where teen parents are encouraged to take their children to a free on-site day-care center. Strollers mingle seamlessly in school hallways among cheerleaders and junior ROTC.
The high school’s clinic gives pregnancy tests — 150 by May — but doesn’t prescribe contraceptives without parental consent. The nearest women’s clinic is 20 miles away.
But this isn’t about girls who lack access to birth control. These girls — half-educated and totally clueless — decided to have babies.