86 Pregnant Teens at One High School
At the end of 2010, the statistics of teen birth in the Unites States were at its lowest.
Hearing this news was great until FoxNews reported today, that 86 students at Frayser High School in Memphis, Tennessee, are either pregnant now or have given birth in the past year alone.
As a result, a major program has been launched in the area called “No Baby!”
According to Fox News, the program was designed “to educate both teenage girls and boys about how to prevent and deal with unplanned pregnancies.” More importantly they said, “The program is also tailored to give girls the confidence to ‘just say no’ to sex.”
I don’t think sex alone is the issue because whether or not they are sexually active, it’s contraception that these girls need to know about. They need to use condoms and they need to know about birth control options, that is, if they aren’t intentionally getting pregnant.
Who is to say all these births are mistakes? 86 births in one high school is more than a trending topic, it seems more like the thing to do.
What I want to know is, where are all the young boys that are involved in conceiving these children. Do the 86 boys go to the same school. Do they know anything about condoms? Birth control?
What’s really going on?
Although the “No Baby” program sounds great, it’s sending the message that sex automatically results in a baby and it sends the message that the girls don’t know how to make their own decisions.
Deborah Hester Harrison from Girls Inc., said, “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.'”
I can bet that these girls are having sex because they want to. I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing just like Ms. Harrison. I just doubt these girls realized the consequences of having sex without a condom and the importance of using one.
What they need is sex education in school, where they learn, in depth, the anatomy of the human body and reproductive organs. They also need to learn about masturbation. They need to see forms of contraception in front of them and learn how to use them.
This does not go on in school anymore because our former President thought sex education would amount to more teen birth. Clearly, the lack of it, backfired. Now, kids still have sex, but they don’t know what they’re doing.
The little that students do learn about reproduction in text books, isn’t enough.
Fortunately, the “No Baby!” campaign in Memphis, looks to hire more social workers, which is great. However, I remember that in High School I was not concerned with speaking to guidance counselors or social workers. If enough kids today feel the same way, how much of a difference will a social worker make?
My idea? Guest speakers.
Teen moms, college students, high school drop-outs, college grads, doctors, HIV victims, rape victims and any person who is willing to speak to these obviously eager students about the consequences of their decisions, would be the absolute best people to discourage the teens from making important decisions in the heat of the moment.
Fox News reported that another concern is the lack of prenatal care that these young mothers receive.
“A lot of these girls aren’t developmentally ready to be really effective parents, and that affects the child’s development,” according to Marc Goodman-Bryan from the Urban Child Institute.
If schools do provide students with the necessary tools and knowledge that it takes to care for a child, this won’t be a problem. It would only equip them to become better parents, whenever they decide to do so.
At the end of the day, no matter what the school decides, 86 pregnant students in one facility is an alarm ringing off the hook for change. @SelenaBailey