Gloucester High School in Massachusetts is in the midst of its very own baby boom. As the school year wraps up, a staggering 17 girls are pregnant. This is more than 4 times the usual amount of pregnancies that occur at the school in any given year. Some people blame the films Juno and Knocked Up and the recent pregnancy of Disney star Jamie Lynn Spears for the huge rise in teen pregnancies. The school however thought something else was going on and started an investigation.
According to Time Magazine the school became suspicious when a large number of girls started visiting the school’s clinic inquiring if they were pregnant. The school’s principal Joseph Sullivan told Time:
Some girls seemed more upset when they weren't pregnant than when they were. All it took was a few simple questions before nearly half the expecting students, none older than 16, confessed to making a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together. Then the story got worse. We found out one of the fathers is a 24-year-old homeless guy
No one is exactly sure why the girls made the pact and the school has done all they can to protect them. There are a wide variety of beliefs as to the cause of the problem. Some quote statistics that say teen pregnancy is on the rise in the USA, up 3% in 2006 which is the first time in 15 years that this statistic has risen. Others say that the changing economy is the small fishing town is changing the social structure and leading to “broken families”. Whilst there is the belief that female students have a difficult time procuring birth control and that the school does too good of a job embracing pregnant students.
One former student, Amanda Ireland, who gave birth whilst in her freshman year, said that whilst she was pregnant at school people would mob her and congratulate her on how lucky she was. She said people are “so excited to finally have someone to love them unconditionally”
Whatever the case, there’s certainly something in the water up there and homeless men will either be flocking to Gloucester or moving on in droves.