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#56529 - 01/15/11 12:28 AM Guys, do you wish you'd attended this high school?
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90 Pregnancies At One Memphis High School

Bonny Kinney
11:23 a.m. CST, January 13, 2011

Memphis 1/13/2011) About 90 students at a Memphis High School are either pregnant, or have been recently.

The startling news was confirmed by a high ranking city official and comes as the community plans to roll out a new initiative to help combat the problem.

However, one Frayser High School graduate says teen pregnancy is not a new problem for the school.

When we would come back from summer break, there would be a thousand people pregnant. We were like, what's going on?" joked Alicia Williamson, who graduated from Frayser in 2004.

"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," she added.

The organization, Girls, Inc. teaches girls about preventing pregnancy.

Deborah Hester Harrison, who heads the organization, says Memphis' teen pregnancy rate stands at between 15 and 20 percent, almost twice the national average.

In the Frayser zip code, the rate is about 26 percent. Harrison partly blames the media.

"So much of our society is sexually oriented. As adults we can look at that and it doesn't impact us, but kids are different," Harrison said.

It's why Girls, Inc. offers classes where teenage girls "care for" computerized babies to give them a feel for what teenage parenthood is like.

The organization will also be part of a new initiative tentatively scheduled to be introduced next week.

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#56531 - 01/15/11 01:09 AM Re: Guys, do you wish you'd attended this high school? [Re: oenophore]
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Doesn't sound too enticing. Lots of foolish kids not being careful or prepared.
With 11070 students spread out over 35 Memphis high schools I don't see how they get a percentage of 15 to 20 percent unless maybe they are only counting female population. Which would make sense. There is probably an additional large percentage of junior high and middle school pregnancies as well.

A number of Hudson Valley schools use the computerized babies in the Health Classes. Oddly enough, some of my students had confessed that they rather enjoyed the experience of "caring" for those doll babies, and look forward to the day they are parents. Even sooner rather than later. Or, so they say.
Kids get stranger every year.

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#56536 - 01/17/11 02:24 PM Re: Guys, do you wish you'd attended this high school? [Re: Rickster]
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If toddler time lack of sleep doesn't dissuade them, they should try dealing with thier own peers for a week of pretend parenting.

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#56537 - 01/17/11 06:38 PM Re: Guys, do you wish you'd attended this high school? [Re: Rickster]
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Originally Posted By: Rickster
Doesn't sound too enticing. Lots of foolish kids not being careful or prepared.
With 11070 students spread out over 35 Memphis high schools I don't see how they get a percentage of 15 to 20 percent unless maybe they are only counting female population. Which would make sense. There is probably an additional large percentage of junior high and middle school pregnancies as well.


I agree...and, think the subject heading should read, "Guys, aren't you glad you didn't attend this high school?"

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#56539 - 01/17/11 08:08 PM Re: Guys, do you wish you'd attended this high school? [Re: AOR]
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One of my motivations for posting this is my recollection of high school time, in a prior geological period. No one, as far as I knew, got pregnant -- and we had a highly numerous student body. Lads' tales of sexual success were dismissed as boastful bullshit. So I believe the vast majority of us, male and female, graduated as virgins.
The above high school presents a target-rich environment inconceivable to us way back when. Maybe, as AOR suggested, we were better off as we were.
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#56542 - 01/18/11 01:13 AM Re: Guys, do you wish you'd attended this high school? [Re: oenophore]
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Sounds to me like that schools in the ghetto, where metal detectors are not a new thing and either is teen pregnancy.
Memphis has some really rough areas and has led the country in murder rates often if i remember correctly.
To myself the high pregnancy rate in that school doesnt seem to infer fun and party but rather dangerous and failing.

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#56543 - 01/18/11 11:01 AM Re: Guys, do you wish you'd attended this high school? [Re: charliebutters]
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To myself the high pregnancy rate in that school doesnt seem to infer fun

So the guys who did the deed were just performing a grim task? Or am I assuming incorrectly that these guys are fellow pupils from the same school?
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#56544 - 01/18/11 02:04 PM Re: Guys, do you wish you'd attended this high school? [Re: oenophore]
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Originally Posted By: oenophore
One of my motivations for posting this is my recollection of high school time, in a prior geological period. No one, as far as I knew, got pregnant -- and we had a highly numerous student body. Lads' tales of sexual success were dismissed as boastful bullshit. So I believe the vast majority of us, male and female, graduated as virgins.
The above high school presents a target-rich environment inconceivable to us way back when. Maybe, as AOR suggested, we were better off as we were.


Even today, many suburban schools that boast low pregnancy rates can do so only because the young mother to be and her family have been convinced that the local BOCES young mother's program would better serve both the young mother and the baby. Not having a pregnant teen wandering the hallways or sitting next to you in physics class goes a long way to making it look as if teen pregnancy is a non-issue.

By the time I gradutated HS in '72 we "lost" three young mothers to pregnancy out of a grad class of less than 350. All three dropped out of school. That number would have been much higher if not for the growing popularity and use of the "pill". Young women/men in more disadvangtaged communities, have fewer resources for proper and reasonable birth control or abortion.

Then as now, there were also those young women who just wanted to get preggers. Then as now, there were/are young men who just don't give a sh....t about birth control and fathering a child.

Sadly, for a myriad of reasons, teen pregnancy will continue to be a societal problem.

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#56550 - 01/18/11 04:23 PM Re: Guys, do you wish you'd attended this high school? [Re: Rickster]
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I believe that were it not for the sanity of most of the high school female population we might all have been fathers at way too early an age. That and the fact that most of us were also less than perfect male specimens.
Perhaps the paradigm shift is mostly in how the females view teenage pregnancy.

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#56572 - 01/20/11 11:24 AM Re: Guys, do you wish you'd attended this high school? [Re: chip]
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The issue of 90 teen pregnancies made the broadcast news last evening. Apparently, only about two dozen of these pregnancies are "local" girls. The school in question has a large young mother's program that receives pregnant students from other high schools in the county system, thus inflating the numbers enough to attract the attention of the media and others.

Equally startling was the mention by the broadcast panelists that the Memphis metro area has one of, if not, the highest infant mortality rates in the nation!

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#56573 - 01/20/11 05:38 PM Re: Guys, do you wish you'd attended this high school? [Re: Rickster]
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Apparently, only about two dozen of these pregnancies are "local" girls.

Here (the initial post) is an example of sloppy reporting. I didn't include the source of the text since it was part of an elaborate ad-loaded picture. Had I known, I wouldn't have posted as I did.
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#56575 - 01/21/11 12:56 AM Re: Guys, do you wish you'd attended this high school? [Re: oenophore]
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Sloppy reporting or another example of how the media, bureaucrats and others use the numbers to their advantage. Here the numbers help in raising awareness and also gain further political and financial support necessary for their school program. The big numbers garnered further coverage beyond the web, print services and out to the broadcast newshows. Teen pregancy never the less is still a nationwide problem.

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#57148 - 04/14/11 10:40 PM Condoms for kids [Re: Rickster]
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Philadelphia Condom Campaign Targets Kids as Young as 11

By Joshua Rhett Miller
Published April 13, 2011 | FoxNews.com




A new campaign by Philadelphia officials to reduce sexually transmitted diseases allows children as young as 11 to receive free condoms via mail order, outraging some parents who believe that's too early to start getting physical.

The program, offered by the city's Department of Health, features a website that includes facts on diseases like Chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV/AIDS, as well as detailed -- and playful -- instructions for young girls on how to use female condoms.

"Every girl is different," TakeControlPhilly.org reads. "Figure out what position works for you. You can stand with one foot on a chair, sit on the edge of a chair, lie down, squat, or for fun, have your partner help you out."

The website, which instructs visitors to use condoms "each and every time," also provides an interface where users can request free male condoms mailed directly to their doorstep.

"Playing it safe just got easier," the website reads. "If you live in Philadelphia and are between the ages of 11 and 19, you can now have condoms mailed directly to you for FREE. Maybe it's difficult for you to stop by one of our sites to pick up condoms. Or maybe you're just shy or feeling weird about picking up condoms."

Jeff Moran, a spokesman for Philadelphia's Department of Health, said the campaign was launched last week. No complaints had been received as of today, he said.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter unveiled the campaign on April 7 as he announced the winning design for the city's custom-labeled condom wrapper.

Recent national data indicates that Philadelphia has one of the highest rates of STDs among comparable cities, with African-Americans and adolescents being disproportionately affected, according to city officials. And a 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 37 percent of sexually active Philadelphia high school students did not use a condom during their last sexual encounter.
The rate of teen pregnancy has dropped by roughly 40 percent during the past 20 years, but approximately 1,100 teenagers still give birth every day, or more than 400,000 annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

While giving away condoms to children as young as 11 might "seem a little young" to Kevin Burns, executive director of Action AIDS, a health clinic in Philadelphia listed on TakeControlPhilly.org, he said the free condom program is appropriate.

"I think it is," he told FoxNews.com. "If children are old enough to be having sex, which they are in that age range [ages 11-19], they need to have protection."

Burns said his clinic has assisted patients as young as 13, many of whom contact health care providers via phone.

"An 11-year-old is too young to be having sex, but does that mean 11-year-olds are not doing it? No," Burns continued. "Let's start first with why are they becoming sexually active so young and try to educate them about the risks of that."

To that end, Burns said abstinence should be part of any pregnancy-prevention campaign.

"Abstinence is one end of the continuum and we certainly want to encourage kids to be abstinent, but for the kids who are not, we want to educate them," he said. "Abstinence is certainly one end of the continuum, but abstinence-only programs don't work."

One parent in Philadelphia, however, told the Philadelphia Daily News that sending condoms to kids as young as 11 -- perhaps without their parents' knowledge -- isn't responsible.

"As a parent, I am personally outraged," the unidentified parent told the newspaper. "What's the back story on this campaign? What is it telling our youth? I get the sex education thing for kids in schools, but mail order condoms for 11-year-olds? It's shocking to me."

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#60464 - 09/23/11 10:04 PM Re: Condoms for kids [Re: oenophore]
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Fifth Graders Quizzed on Proper Condom Use

Posted 10:36AM EDT 9/22/2011 Jennifer LeClaire


A child holds condoms ripped off an banner reading SIDA (AIDS) during an HIV/AIDS awareness event staged by the Red Cross. (AP Images/Vadim Ghirda)

Does your fifth grader know how to use a condom? They may soon learn if they go to school in Washington, D.C.

The District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent on Education is pushing out standardized tests for sex education. The District takes its authority to administer sex education tests to fifth, eighth, and tenth graders from the Healthy Schools Act of 2010.

Here's how it works: Children as young as 10 will be asked 50 questions. One of the questions reads: "TJ wants to remain abstinent, but also wants to know how to properly use a condom in case he is ever in a situation where he might become sexually active. Give TWO reasons why using a condom properly is important and describe THREE people or places that could give TJ accurate information about condom use."

"The guideline questions necessitate age-inappropriate instruction for 10 and 11-year-olds. Previously, comprehensive sex education advocates would have the minimal -—but insufficient -- courtesy of allowing parents to opt their children out of their classes," says Emmett McGroarty, executive director of the Preserve Innocence Initiative. "Now, parents are being informed that a non-mandatory class is being replaced by a mandated test."

McGroarty argues that sexual decisions have serious moral and spiritual implications, and even comprehensive sexual education curricula openly acknowledge it. As he sees it, now is time to find solutions that empower parents to address issues related to STDs rather than undermining parental authority, meddling in admittedly spiritual decisions and imposing a one-size-fits-all test on local schools.

"As a man who was raised in inner-city Washington, I know that many District families believe that sex is more than biological -- that it should be a full expression of committed, life-giving love," McGroarty says. "Many families will be horrified that the District education establishment is demeaning sex-related education topics to the level of a standardized test."

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