Teen pregnancy can be a controversial matter, involving conversations regarding sex education, contraception, and responsibility. In June of 2008, when 18 Massachusetts teens got pregnant in an alleged "pact," the sleepy fishing town of Gloucester exploded in a moral panic.
The Gloucester teen pregnancies became a national scandal after a Time magazine piece revealed the backstory. Reportedly, the principal of Gloucester High School claimed that many sophomore girls deliberately got impregnated so that they could be mothers together. He also maintained that at least one student pursued a 24-year-old homeless man to father her child.
In the tight-knit Irish-Catholic community, the blame-game began. Sex education was suggestively lacking, yet so were prospective futures for the oft-bored youth. Parents blamed the media while school health officials blamed the hospital board for lack of resources. During this time, teen pregnancies at Gloucester High School quadrupled since the previous year.
The Principal Revealed An Alleged Pregnancy Pact Between Students
School Officials Reported Students 'Celebrating' Positive Pregnancy Tests
One Girl Allegedly Pursued A Homeless Man To Father Her Child
Gloucester High School's Teen Pregnancies Quadrupled Within One Year
The School Wasn't Allowed To Distribute Contraceptives Without Parental Consent
It's Illegal To Have Intercourse With A 15-Year-Old In Massachusetts