Little girls getting knocked up

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I look across the classroom and I spot at least 4 who are in different stages of pregnancy. Ages between 15 -17. This class has a total enrollment of 16. So, one quarter of this class is pregnant. Frankly, I'm getting a little sick of it.

Over the years I have seen more underage pregnancy than I've wanted to. Most of these kids come from "at risk" backgrounds. Many of their parents were parents at an early age as well. So now, there is this totally dysfunctional "tradition" running in these families. Just like there are at least a 3 to 4 generation "tradition" of street gang membership in many of these same families. Where does it stop?

I'm not here to moralize about teen sex. I just think it is immoral to bring a new life into this world when one is still so ill prepared to take care of oneself.

10 Responses to “Little girls getting knocked up”

  1. Blogger MacManus 

    Its the complete lack of education that annoys me. Here in Wellington NZ, we have a suburb called Lower Hutt. I think its like a 40% pregnacy rate for women (I use the term loosely) under 18. Thats just insane!

  2. Blogger thereminman 

    Do they talk about such stuff at your school? You called them 'at risk' kids. Is there special education about the kinds of pitfalls they can fall into and how to stay out of them. (or to be blunt even: do they tell the kids to wear rubbers?)

  3. Blogger thereminman 

    ya know, if this was Clovis or ...let's say...Kingsburg, we wouldn't *have* to talk about such things, cuz kids there don't *do* such things...but these kids are the 'naughty' things like "use rubbers" "don't share needles" man, this should come along with Algebra.
    Maybe right after the Pledge of Allegiance, they could sing a little song about carrying rubbers in their purses or pockets ....
    All tasteless humor aside, really, a song about using rubbers might actually do more to give high school kids (of all zip codes) a fair crack at life than quadradic equations.
    "Ok, before we open the Math books, let's recite the Prophylactic Pledge".
    Makes sense. Just make sure you insert "under God" in there to secure Senate support.

  4. Blogger Jenny 

    I had to comment because I was a teenage mom myself. And I am not here to promote this kind of's sad! It's wrong! There are many reasons, I believe, why this happens. I could fill up pages and pages about this subject, but it's late, so I'll just sum it up by saying this: I think it's mostly because girls don't see themselves as someone to be valued, and boys are not taught to value these girls. I know that's not all too it. But I think it is a common denominator.

  5. Blogger lecram sinun 

    paul - i hear you man, i'm sure there are complex issues involved as well... in your neck of the woods and mine. perhaps the issues are not that different.

    thereminman - in this case i think the song being sung is "every sperm is sacred."

    jenny - i think you bring a very valid point. it is an issue of values. perhaps we (as a "modern" culture) are running so fast that we are just trying to grab on to whatever we can for some kind of validation. thank you for sharing.:)

  6. Blogger airplanejayne 

    Lecram -
    Two of my student's from last year:
    one pregnant, one arrested for turning tricks.

    Oh yeah, did I forget to remind you?
    --I teach 7th grade.

    That means 13 year olds pregnant and turning tricks....

    just plain sick....and sad, sad, sad.

  7. Blogger Jenny 

    When I was in 7th grade (which was 12 years ago), a girl left our school right after the year started because she was pregnant. It's not a "new" thing, unfortunately----

    Mr. Lecram, I am linking you--just wanted you to know I enjoy your reads--:o)

  8. Anonymous autumn 


    In my area being pregnant before you graduated high school was seen as so embaressing that you had to drop out. Families and society actually encouraged it.

    Me? My mother taught teenage pregnancy prevention classes. I started carrying a condom in my purse 4 years before I had sex, and even now while I'm monogomus and semi-sterile I still carry them in my purse. Just in case. Mom engrained it in me.

  9. Blogger Rose-Colored Beer Goggles 

    My two cent rant: You have to take away the mystery and the urge to break the rules will lessen. This applies towards sex, drugs, alcohol - all of it.

    The Talibornagains, as affectionately calls them, are so infatuated with preaching abstinence, they are blind to the fact that they're green-lighting oral sex "cause it's not intercourse." Talk about kids with low self-esteem, who'll do anything to be accepted. And they're still contracting terrible STDs.

    I got "the talk" from my mom after I became active at 16. I give kudos to my brother and his wife who have confidantly and responsibly answered their sons' questions about everything.

    Kids today are already struggling before they even have a chance to make their own way. I wish they all had someone to nurture and guide them.

  10. Blogger lecram sinun 

    airplanejayne, Jenny, autumn, Rose-Colored Beer Goggles - all wonderful sharings and valid perpectives on the subject. truly a complex issue that has no easy answers. i guess we can only begin in our own "pond" so to speak and do what we can to make that difference.

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