According to a January 15, 2011, Foxnews.com article 86 teens at the same Memphis high school are pregnant. This news comes at a time when pregnant teens are being profiled and glorified on a popular cable TV network. The news also comes two years after a group of Massachusetts teen girls allegedly made a pact to become pregnant.
“Right now, these girls don’t know how to say ‘no,’ they’re having sex when they don’t want to, they just don’t know how to say ‘no,’” Deborah Hester Harrison with Girls Inc., a nonprofit group, told Fox.
Whether the pregnancy of those 86 girls was a coincidence or a preview of what’s to come, teen sex and pregnancy needs to be addressed immediately by parents, school administrators and local school boards. However, opponents of sex education in schools argue that discussing sex only heightens students’ awareness and curiosity.
One school district, however, attempted to curb teen pregnancy by distributing sex-kits in all of its high schools. However, the kits were later banned after school board members learned that condoms were not the only product present in the kits. Strawberry-flavored lube and candy were also contained in each package, which school officials deemed unacceptable.
Additionally, in Clayton County, Georgia, teen pregnancy is prevalent there similar to other high schools across the country. However, at Lovejoy High School, a visibly pregnant teen was allowed to participate in the school’s homecoming court and another teen was allowed to remain a cheerleader until she was six months pregnant.
What is the answer to curbing teen pregnancy in America? There is no one size fit all approach. The best deterrent by far is education.