90 Girls Pregnant At Memphis High School

Ninety girls are either pregnant or have given birth this school year at Frayser Middle/High School in Memphis, Tennessee.

That’s about 20 percent of the female student population of the school.

National Teen Pregnancy Rate At Record Low

Why is this happening, at a time when The Washington Post recently reported that the birth rate among U.S. girls aged 15 to 19 fell to 39.1 births per 1,000 teens in 2009. That’s a 6 percent drop from 2008 and the lowest rate ever recorded in the nearly 70 years that the federal government has been collecting reliable data. In other words, it’s a record low.

Need For Better Sex Education

From Black Voices:
Sixteen-year-old Terrika Sutton…. is one of the Frayser students who became pregnant. Sutton, who has a 2-month-old daughter, says she was in her fifth month when she found out she was expecting a child. The teen mom surprised her parents and classmates alike when she broke the news to them about her situation:

“They were like, ‘Terrika, I never knew you would get pregnant,’ and I was like well it happened.”

The young mother goes on to say, though, that teen pregnancy is nothing to be proud of and that something should be done:

“It’s a shame that all these girls at Frayser are pregnant, but it ain’t nothing new. They probably planned on what they gonna do to get pregnant. Ain’t no telling. They need a class where they can teach girls before they get pregnant to use protection and stuff and so they don’t try to get pregnant.”

Terrika may have isolated the most important factor here: sex education is crucial, and apparently these girls aren’t getting it.

Poverty A Contributing Factor?

Another contributing factor: Frayser is a Title 1 school, meaning that the school receives federal dollars based on the number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Almost the entire student body qualifies.

These young women may be poor, and lacking in self-esteem, and hoping that having a baby will make up for some of that. However, the sad truth is that teen parents often can’t cope with the pressure and drop out of school. As a result, their children may be poorer and less educated, and may end up repeating the cycle.

No Baby! Initiative

Whatever the reasons for this alarming situation, Memphis City Officials are this week announcing a new initiative: No Baby!

Again, from Black Voices:

The campaign will be run by Girls Inc., an organization that’s been helping girls in Memphis improve their self-esteem for the past several decades.

The “No Baby!” all-out massive effort to stomp out teen pregnancy will hopefully get the message across to teens to say no to having sex and having babies. “No Baby!” will only encourage abstinence and not provide contraceptives but will give teens the proper tools on how to protect themselves should they decide to engage in sexual relations.

I wonder how effective it will be to simply encourage abstinence and not provide contraceptives? What do you think?

Check out this video to hear Debra Hester Harrison, who heads up Girls, Inc., discussing the negative role of the media is encouraging and supporting sexual activity.

Children having children is a serious issue that demands attention.

Related Story:

Teen Birth Rate Hits Record Low

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203 comments

James Gregory
James Gregory5 years ago

Cut off ADC after the first one!

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LMj Sunshine
James Merit5 years ago

Sad..

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LMj Sunshine
James Merit5 years ago

Sad..

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Margriet Myngheer

OMG, why can't they just by condoms or take the pill or just wait untill they are not kids anymore(then they would use those too, because they can think for themselves). Use your brains kids! and how many of them also have STD's now ?!
I was on the pill even 2 years before I had sex, just in case.. and I always used condoms too.

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Bonjie M.
Bonjie M.6 years ago

In America nothing shocks anymore.

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MEE Techy
MEE Techy6 years ago

don't give children (pregnant girls) welfare money .. make their parents pay .. then they will stop this evil cycle.

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Sarah D.
Sarah D6 years ago

Yeah we do

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pete M.
peter m6 years ago

Can't find a guy that isn't a lazy creep a drug using bum.
Well they turned back the clock welfare will do right teenage Moms;'s it ghetto time again,

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Nancy V.

KESSIA..........if what you say about your life now is true......THAN you are one in a million. MOST of unwed teen moms live on the dole most of their lives....WAke up HONEY, and see the truth of the situation...........and stop being 'holier than thou' as if you were smart enough you'd know yours is not exactly what happens with these girls and their unfortunate children.. most of whom grow up in the same situation!!!

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Nancy V.

Haven't these girls been taught ANYTHING at home or in school??? What a darn shame... AND...I would bet most of them will be on welfare for decades!! Why should the tax payers PAY for their stupidity or lack of love at home, OR just plain ignorance on the part of the parents?????????? What a horrific thing to happen to so many..........what a way to start their adult lives.............SOMETHING must be done for those that follow after these girls or else we'll have a nation of unwed moms living on the dole forever!!!!!!!!!

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