Thursday, June 19, 2008

Newsflash: Teenagers have poor decision-making skills



A bunch of regular Columbos looking into a marked rise in teen pregnancy at Gloucester High School came up with some amazing information: Of the 17 student mommies-to-be, almost half made a pact to get that way.

All the expectant mothers are younger than 16; those in on this brilliant plan agreed to raise the little darlings together, a la that old adage about a village and babies. Amazing. Also amazing: Top officials at the Massachusetts school's health center resigned last month over a disagreement regarding the distribution of contraceptives:
Medical Director Dr. Brian Orr and chief nurse practitioner Kim Daly support confidentially giving contraceptives to students. They were outraged about resistance from Addison Gilbert Hospital, which administers the state public health grant that funds the school clinic.
The school, in a "normal" year, has about four pregnancies. When an exhorbitantly high number of hormone-riddled baby mamas visited the school clinic for pregnancy tests, officials' curiousity was piqued. Best part—one of the fathers is allegedly some 24-year-old homeless dude. Oh, to be young again!

[Originally posted at playgirl.com/blog]

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