In total, 17 girls at Gloucester High are expecting babies and Principal Joseph Sullivan believes at least half those would-be moms planned to have babies, some even high-fiving each other when they found out they were expecting, according to the article.
GLOUCESTER (WBZ) ― There's a stunning twist to the sudden rise in teen pregnancies at Gloucester High School. 17 students there are expecting and many of them became that way on purpose.
Time Magazine first reported that nearly half of the girls confessed to making a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together. None of them is older than 16.
Farmer said these are generally "girls who lack self-esteem and have a lack of love in their life."
"We found out one of the fathers is a 24-year-old homeless guy," he told Time.
"Some girls seemed more upset when they weren't pregnant than when they were," principal Joseph Sullivan told Time.com.
The pregnancy rate at the 1,200-student school is four times higher than the previous year, and officials were shocked to learn that men in their 20s had fathered some of the babies, Time.com said.
As summer vacation begins, 17 girls at Gloucester High School are expecting babies—more than four times the number of pregnancies the 1,200-student school had last year. Some adults dismissed the statistic as a blip. Others blamed hit movies like Juno and Knocked Up for glamorizing young unwed mothers.