About 90 Teens Are Pregnant at One Memphis High School
The teen birth rate is at a record low, but that's not the case at a Memphis school. Approximately 90 girls recently became new moms or are pregnant at Frayser High School.
Teen pregnancy has long been a concern at Frayser. Alicia Williamson graduated in 2004 and says, "There were a whole lot of bellies. You had to watch out so you didn't bump into them. Being 2011, I thought a lot of them would have thought this is not the right way to go, having babies during school time."
The community recognizes this is a major problem and has plans to bring new initiatives to the school to prevent teen pregancies, including after-school and in-school programs that will be funded with grant money and run by a local nonprofit.
About 20 percent of all the girls at the school are already teen moms. One of them, Terrika Sutton, says, "It's a shame that all these girls at Frayser are pregnant, but it ain't nothing new. Some girls just try to do it because they think it's cute. For some, it's an accident."
Terrika says some girls could even be making pacts with each other to get pregnant. Do you think that could be the reason for so many pregnancies at one school?