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Study: Pregnant teens need
better school support

Associated Press, by Kelli Kennedy

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Posted By:Ribicon, 11/22/2012 2:24:37 PM

Miami — When 15-year-old Kali Gonzalez became pregnant, the honors student considered transferring to an alternative school. She worried teachers would harass her for missing class because of doctor´s appointments and morning sickness. A guidance counselor urged Gonzalez not to, saying that could lower her standards. Instead, her counselor set up a meeting with teachers at her St. Augustine high school to confirm she could make up missed assignments, eat in class and use the restroom whenever she needed. Gonzalez, who is now 18, kept an A-average while pregnant. She capitalized on an online school program for parenting

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Article goes on to mention that teen pregnancy is rewarded with taxpayer-funded transportation, tutoring, and even child care while in school. And then comes the welfare, free housing, etc.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Phosphene, 11/22/2012 2:36:35 PM     (No. 9029595)

School´s should just start dispensing morning after pills in home room every morning.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: jl80863, 11/22/2012 2:40:25 PM     (No. 9029599)

I guess there is no point in students learning that bad decisions have consequences.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: lylacat, 11/22/2012 2:40:58 PM     (No. 9029601)

Pregnant teens should get no special treatment. How about a good scolding and school courses on-line.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 11/22/2012 2:46:45 PM     (No. 9029607)

Pregnant teens don´t need more school support - -

- - they need a good kick in their little tushies.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 11/22/2012 2:57:25 PM     (No. 9029616)

Of course they do, because as we all know, being pregnant at 15 is such a normal and natural occurrence. They should also be allowed to breast feed in class an a diaper changing station needs to be installed in the back of every public school classroom in America......../s

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 11/22/2012 3:01:16 PM     (No. 9029623)

They need to have their parents thrown in jail for failure to support.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: veritas, 11/22/2012 3:32:14 PM     (No. 9029652)

"Became" pregnant.

Uhhh....

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Reply 8 - Posted by: CEP, 11/22/2012 3:39:10 PM     (No. 9029658)

If the schools were doing such a good job of sex education why do they need to be better supporters of pregnant teens? I thought these great programs they have with sex education were supposed to stop this kind of thing.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Dante, 11/22/2012 3:45:48 PM     (No. 9029665)

I´d like to see the kind of work that earned her an "A average".

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Reply 10 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 11/22/2012 3:46:06 PM     (No. 9029666)

This. Makes. Me. Sick.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Calico Al, 11/22/2012 4:03:47 PM     (No. 9029690)

Can one be an honor student if it seems you flunked Sex ED?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: mitzi, 11/22/2012 4:12:09 PM     (No. 9029702)

I thought public schools were handing out birth control pills and condoms.

"They" tell us that abstinence instruction doesn´t work. Apparently the birth control pills and condoms don´t work either. /s

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Reply 13 - Posted by: mamafrog, 11/22/2012 4:32:55 PM     (No. 9029723)

Having taught in a school for pregnant and parenting students for more than a decade I feel I have a bit to add to this discussion. Pregnancy does not just randomly happen to teens. Usually it occurs in teens whose lives are already out of control. It is my opinion that pregnant teens need to be in a separate school where they can be provided with nursing, counseling and educational services. It is very fine to have smart remarks to say about the girls, the schools and their parents but that misses the point. They are carrying a child and providing services to the mother saves our society from an incredible amount of future costs. I do think we need to re-think our approach to which mothers retain custody of their offspring but that is a discussion for another day.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 11/22/2012 5:06:07 PM     (No. 9029754)

Oh yes, it will be all roses and unicorns for this girl, especially when she´s 18 and her child has the terrible twos and she wants to go party with her friends.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Coy860, 11/22/2012 5:15:28 PM     (No. 9029758)

I am old. When I was in high school it was a disgrace for a girl to get pregnant. It happened TWO times while I was in school.
Each girl went to her distant Aunt´s home, had the baby gave it up for adoption, then came home and got her GED.
Going to school with big bellies probably seems cool to the other students. Think of all the stories they have to tell the others. A 15 YO pregnant girl should not be able to keep the child. Period.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Pearson365, 11/22/2012 8:25:01 PM     (No. 9029893)

An unmarried teenager mother is most likely doomed to poverty for the rest of her 60 to 70 years of life. Her male offspring is likely to be a juvenile delinquent and a professional criminal in the years he doesn´t spend in prison. He´ll spend his early years disrupting classes before dropping out at age 16. He can rarely be rehabilitated or avoid incarceration. A daughter will most likely follow her mother´s multiple unwed pregnancies, with welfare agencies serving as the surrogate father.

Society would be better to offer the pregnant teen an abortion with a cash bonus rather than have her inflict her costly backwardness on the rest of us. Perhaps sterilization of the mother and father for cars, bling & cash should be mandatory because he has little to no intention of being a husband and father while she will have 2 to 4 more illegits to dump onto us.



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Reply 17 - Posted by: Peach1, 11/22/2012 9:06:55 PM     (No. 9029927)

She lowered her standards by not keeping her pants on. However, I applaud her for not aborting.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 11/22/2012 11:14:01 PM     (No. 9030033)

A few years back I took a class at a tech school. Pregnant teens were bussed in and out for classes all day. Ashamed ? Don´t think so. Some of these girls have up to three kids before leaving high school. They had onsite daycare and parenting classes. When the baby is older, taxpayers paid for a private daycare. They receive welfare checks before the baby is even born, WIC for food plus, everything that baby needs when it arrives.

That being said, the last line of the article says she is pursuing a nursing career. Good for her.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: stonepony, 11/23/2012 5:56:39 PM     (No. 9031016)

bet the daddy looked just like zippy´s son... another ward of the state sterilze her ...

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