Ninety Teenage Girls Are Pregnant At One Memphis High School! What's Going On?

Sat, January 15, 2011 3:30pm EST by 27 Comments

The media is quick to blame Teen Mom and pregnancy pacts, but was faulty sex education to blame?

This is unbelievable! Frayser High School in Memphis, Tenn. is facing a baby boom, where 90 students are currently pregnant or have had a child this school year. That’s nearly 20% of the school’s female population! Why is this happening? The media is quick to point to shows such as 16 And Pregnant and Teen Mom for glorifying the trend, as well as the existence of a possible pregnancy pact. But the real answer must lie in a faulty sex education program.

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Schools in Tennessee are required to teach “Family Life Education” to students, a program with an “emphasis on abstinence from sexual relations outside of marriage.” Although a new campaign at the high school called “No Baby” has been put in place to help students prevent unplanned pregnancies, the emphasis is on abstinence as well.

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It is CLEAR this school, along with all schools in Tennessee, need to provide sex education which discuss alternatives to abstinence such as birth control. Regardless of your religious or moral ideals, there could not be a more obvious signal that there needs to be a change in this district. Excuses like Teen Mom and the idea of a pregnancy pact are certainly salacious ways to diagnose a problem, but why aren’t all schools booming with babies? Hopefully these soon-to-be-struggling teen moms will be the tipping point needed for change to occur.

– William Earl

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sheraz KHAN

Posted at 12:55 PM on September 10, 2011  

MHMJ LI I8LUIRK IPUOUI,OO

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jennifer

Posted at 2:23 PM on March 28, 2011  

they cant blame a tv show for this.. teenagers should know better then to have unprotected sex..they should know not to have sex so they cant blame mtvs 16 and pregnant or teen mom….

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mYnAmEiSnoNyA-nOnyA,bEez wAX

Posted at 7:02 PM on February 24, 2011  

This was SO expected- at least from my point of view. I mean, if ya watch 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, you’d see that most of these girls are from the south. It is also an eye-opener because people say that black girls are most likely to be preggers during their teenage years, but there’s only been like one black girl on that show, so… u do the math…

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Eric

Posted at 7:28 PM on January 16, 2011  

“Abstinence-based” education – also referred to sometimes as “abstinence-only” education – DOES refer, usually, to programs that preach about the evils of sex, without giving the kids responsible information about condoms and birth control.

They’ll mention condoms, but just to give the kids misinformation about them. Kids will come away from those classes thinking that condoms are virtually useless.

The reason they call it “abstinence-based sex ed” or “abstinence-only sex ed” is for PR reasons. It sounds less extreme and damaging than calling it “abstinence, and lies about condoms.”

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jim sadler

Posted at 6:35 PM on January 16, 2011  

It’s a long leap from an active sex life to being a slut or sex addict. And yes, American sex laws are a backward nightmare. There are young women selling it on the streets that have no choice at all. Society will not support the unfortunates so let them get whatever the can selling their sexual abilities.

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jim sadler

Posted at 6:28 PM on January 16, 2011  

I wish I had done it!

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Uncle Fester

Posted at 5:09 PM on January 16, 2011  

Have you ever been to Memphis? If so, there’s no need to even wonder why you need to ask what’s going on.

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GreenHornet

Posted at 11:21 AM on January 16, 2011  

1) The point seems to be a Pop-culture attitude promoting rich single people who can support a child. – Why dismiss this?
2)Frayser is
White: 23.9%
Black: 74.2%
Hispanic: 1.2%
– Released parts of Classified and unclassified genetic and social studies from England, France, Germany and US have yielded highly consistent results for nearly 100 years – Governments leverage this data to the fullest – Why dismiss this?
3) A nurse on front line is a legitimate data point for consideration – the author’s unsupported declaration “But the real answer must lie in a faulty sex education program.” is taken at face value? Why dismiss this?
4) Condescension is coming from several sources. Somewhat understandable since an article about pregnancy is good until young age/marital status are brought in.

Maybe shifting from sex education to a pregnancy prevention education that is consequence-based (admittedly fear-based)where the parents have to participate and sign forms they reviewed with their child (similar to student conduct forms) would have a desirous effect.

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Black Bart

Posted at 11:10 AM on January 16, 2011  

Frayser High School in Memphis, Tenn is 98% black.

So why the photo of a white girl?

It’s not racist to tell the truth.
It’s just the truth.

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Dave

Posted at 10:15 AM on January 16, 2011  

What do these guys just blow it in and think nothing will happen? WoW!!! Blame the parents too for not explaining how things work.

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leatherneckox

Posted at 10:05 AM on January 16, 2011  

Whatever happened to PERSONAL RESPONSABILITY???? Why does it seem that EVERY social problem becomes the problem of our schools? I teach in a Middle School in a Border state last year we had 11 pregos in MIDDLE SCHOOL and yes much of it was cultural. “The more babies I father the more of a man I am…”Stop blaming the school and start blaming the parents. Teach your kid about sex I will teach about history math and science. This is a family problem not a school problem

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John

Posted at 9:46 AM on January 16, 2011  

If it is a problem with the way they are teaching in TN, then why are the other High Schools not having the same problems? We are talking about Frayser, the armpit of a horrible city.

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jon wan

Posted at 9:14 AM on January 16, 2011  

more evidence of the christian fascists brainwashing our kids. the TV shows glorifying teen pregnancy, the anti-choice injection into everything, the anti-thinking and reason in schools. MTV has always been big-brother mental programming. probably the most effect propaganda in the history of history outside of religion. its sad to think these welfare babies arent going to help stem-cell research or something useful.

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khan

Posted at 8:52 AM on January 16, 2011  

Assalam-o-alaium,
actually the main reason of this problum that all the parents and also teen are facing is just cause of velgerity,the parents of the students have no idea that what the hell their childrens are doing in school,colleges, and also don’t have idea about their friends,we must care this generation,so we have to make thier life routine,and also limit her activity,
eapecially mother of girls,so we hope that we can stop un needed pregnency problums,
thanks for reading.
M-S-K

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fatherdaddy

Posted at 8:42 AM on January 16, 2011  

1) I would say that there is a difference between an add about adult celebreties on a site that a small percentage of these kids have ever seen and the local government/churches/parents whose biggest problem is with birth control.
2) What has race to do with it? Why would it matter? Is it only a problem if white kids are pregnant? Or are you saying this is inevitable with black or latino kids? Maybe, even poor white kids are low enough on your humanity scale to be ignored, too.
3) Nor has any evidence been provided for open and easy access. I didn’t realize nurses were considered experts on the availability of access to birth control. How many of these them were actually aware beyond the rumor mill amongst the students? It doesn’t seem the schools or parents were too interested in providing these kids the complete birth control picture.
4) The only condescension is coming from you. Reread the article and you will see nothing about how stupid anyone is. Just about the failing policies of a certain state.

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Black Bart

Posted at 11:12 AM on January 16, 2011  

Race has nothing to do with it.

So let’s be honest and post a photo of the typical teen girl at Frayser High School which is 98% black.

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Jacko

Posted at 4:40 AM on January 16, 2011  

Economy is bad.. Welcome to the welfare nation.

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P Smith

Posted at 2:28 AM on January 16, 2011  

In places where schools teach comprehensive sex education, the rates of teen pregnancy and STD transmission are low.

In places where schools teach incomprehensible and reprehensible sex ignorance, the rates of teen pregnancy and STD transmission are high.

There is a 100% correlation between the two, and no exceptions to the rule. The only people who disagree are uninformed, uneducated and want to promote a narrow and narrow minded religious agenda.

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BangBang BOINGO

Posted at 12:51 AM on January 16, 2011  

YESSSSSS! TEEN PORKIN’ IS SOOOOOOO HOT!! HOT EFFIN’ PREGGO CITY!!! A SLAMMINATION NATION! I LUVVVVVVV IT! AWESOME!!!! :-)

VERY SEXY PEEPS DOIN’ VERY SEXY THANGZZZ. LUV IT!!! :-D

And when those kidz are born – SPANK THEM, and spank them HARD! VERY HARD!! They’re gonna need it!!! :-)

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somboon

Posted at 11:12 PM on January 15, 2011  

This is good news ,Joy to the world

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ukguy

Posted at 9:59 PM on January 15, 2011  

Young ones dont know wot a condom is.And people seem to think their immune to std’s.
Now they have to live with the reponsability for the rest of their life.
Enjoy!!

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k9

Posted at 8:23 PM on January 15, 2011  

if these kids want to have kids so be it let them…its not a crime and its beats the alteritive…abortion…yes schools should do more to promote sex and marriage…but kids are not going to wait and cant be forced too…!!

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fatherdaddy

Posted at 8:22 AM on January 16, 2011  

I’ve got a better alternative to these teens having babies or them having abortions. It’s called birth control. It’s this really simple thing where we teach these kids how to avoid pregnancy and, maybe, even provide them with the tools available to prevent conception. It’s surprisingly easy and doesn’t lead to the destruction of the youth. Unless you feel it important that a certain segment of the population remain poor and ignorant. Poor from the weight of too many children and ignorant of the methods to avoid the excess children.

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E

Posted at 7:32 PM on January 15, 2011  

In an area where poverty is more prevalent than in most and the education system is flawed, teen pregnancies are inevitable. As a senior in Memphis, I can honestly say that sex education is not an priority for these schools. Their first, and seemingly only agenda is to make the schools look good-a task that they have yet to obliterate. I do, however, also blame the TV shows that glorify the life of a teen mom. Government assistance is crucial and this should come as a wake up call to the big wigs in the Memphis school system, Tennessee capital, and U.S government.

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jim sadler

Posted at 6:32 PM on January 16, 2011  

Seriously these girls are using street smarts. Pregnant or having a young baby is the only way to get aid or housing in many areas. Since decent jobs are rare these days these baby makers have taken a short cut in acquiring a living. After they ride this gravy train they’ll find some guy to marry and cheat out of house, home and credit cards and go back on public aid. It’s a career.

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r3

Posted at 6:50 PM on January 15, 2011  

Sex education? TV? Nope. Don’t blame these issues. I’d say it is either an area which has produced a very low I.Q. in these girls or they have not been taught by parents about how difficult life is and how much more difficult it becomes with children. That’s how it looks to me. Either way, this was a very stupid choice for these children – and their parents.

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fatherdaddy

Posted at 8:13 AM on January 16, 2011  

Sounds to me like you think they need better sex education. Whether it’s provided by the school or the parents, sex education is what we’re talking about.

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