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Was there or wasn’t there a pregnancy pact among a group of girls at Gloucester High School?
Today, school officials and the mayor of the seaside village about an north of Massachusetts are questioning reports that a pact ever existed.
This whole controversy may’ve started when the school’s principal told TIME Magazine about the pact. Since then, the principal hasn’t spoken publicly or returned our calls. TIME’s reporter stands by her report.
Today, Mayor Carolyn Kirk told reporters, “the simple answer is there has been no independent verification beyond what the principal stated that there was a pact…he was foggy in his memory of how he heard about the information. When we pressed him for specifics on who told him, when he was told, his memory failed."
It’s all very strange, considering last week, a Gloucester man told us he knew all about the pact. He said the girls in the pact had pressured his stepdaughter to get pregnant too, but she didn’t. And the district’s superintendent, Christopher Farmer, told me the girls were “high-fiving” after they found out they were expecting. In all, 17 girls got pregnant. Most are sophomores and according to Superintendent Farmer, some as young as 15.
One, he believes, was impregnated by a 24-year-old homeless man just so she could be part of the group.
Today, Mayor Kirk pointed fingers at parents, saying they are ultimately responsible for their childrens’ well-being and good health. She also blamed an underfunded “No Child Left Behind” program and budget cuts that she said make it impossible to afford to teach sex education beyond freshman year.
Meanwhile, the school may also reconsider whether to dispense contraceptives at school. It’s against district policy right now but it is back up for discussion in light of what’s happened this year.
What do you think...Is this PR spin? Pact or no Pact?
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