Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Shamed,90 Girls Pregnant at One High School[Video]

About 90 teenage girls at one public high school in Memphis, Tenn., are either pregnant or have had a baby this school year, according to media reports.

Frayser High School has 978 students – 508 of which are girls. That means nearly 18 percent of teen girls at Frayser are either currently pregnant or recently had babies.

Pregnancy is not a new problem for the school, one Frayser graduate says. "When we would come back from summer break, there would be a thousand people pregnant.

We were like, what's going on?" Alicia Williamson told KTUU. Williamson graduated from Frayser in 2004. She added, "There were a whole lot of bellies. You had to watch out so you didn't bump into them.

Being 2011, I thought a lot of them would have thought this is not the right way to go, having babies during school time.”

The news comes as the city plans an initiative to fight teen pregnancy in their community with a nonprofit organization called Girls Inc., which teaches girls about pregnancy prevention.

“They were like, ‘Terrika, I never knew you would get pregnant,’” she said. “I was like, ‘well, it happened.’Roughly 20 percent of the female student population at Frayser High is already experiencing the trials of parenthood.

“It’s a shame that all these girls at Frayser are pregnant, but it ain’t nothing new,” said Sutton. “Some girls just try to do it because they think it’s cute. For some, it’s an accident.”Sutton said she believes some girls are making agreements with each other to get pregnant.

“They probably plan it,” she said. “Plan what they’re going to do to get pregnant. No telling.”

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