Ninety students who attend Frayser High School in Memphis are currently pregnant or have already had a baby this year.The number indicates, that 11% of the student body has entered into parenthood.
I did a little math of my own and came up with a more astounding figure; Suppose that of the 978 pupils attending grades 8 through 12 at Frayser High School, half of those are female (489). Now those 90 female students who have given birth recently or are currently pregnant puts the percentage of female parenthood on up to almost 20%!
The Memphis City School District folks are a'wondering what can be done about this problem. They're looking for grants, for funds, for what amounts to TAX money, to correct this problem. I don't know about you all, but I can think of a few corrective measures that don't have a damned thing to do with throwing good money away:
First, someone tell me what in the hell being a student at Frayser High School in Memphis, TN has to do with being pregnant? Did they get pregnant while attending school?
Make the students/teens/parents accountable. Back when Hector was a pup, and me too for that matter, if you decided to have unprotected sex before marriage and became pregnant, you, the father-to-be and your families somehow came together and came up with a plan. The plan did not include not knowing who the father was, or applying for medicaid to pay for the doctor and hospital bills, or receiving money, WIC, or Food Stamps from the government to raise a child.
Educate your kids about sex and contraceptives and don't wait until they're grown to do it. You should also not expect the schools to do it for you. More than half of the U.S. states allow that minors do not have to have parental permission to ask for and receive FREE birth control. (Hey Frayser students, TN is one of them!) The states that don't allow it, have legislative bodies who are about as dumb as a box of rocks in my opinion. Parents and teens should put out at least as much effort at obtaining AND practicing birth control as they do waiting in line to fill out all the paper work to have the government pay to have and raise a child.
Ok, I'm done.