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Post  XXStatus on Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:58 pm

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - As Memphis City Schools leaders discuss the best way to deal with the crisis at Frayser High School, one young student is dealing with parenthood.

The Action News 5 Investigators recently discovered 90 girls who attend Frayser High School are now pregnant or have already had a baby this school year.

Frayser is in Memphis City School Board member Stephanie Gatewood's district. She said a former principal of the school first sounded the alarm about the issue about a year ago.

Sources told Action News 5 there is a massive initiative in the works dedicated to preventing teen pregnancy in the Frayser community. The initiative will include after-school and in-school programs funded with grant money and run by a local nonprofit that already does some work for city schools.

Gatewood said there are programs right now to help students.

"Noting that our young ladies absolutely did not get pregnant in the hallways of our schools," said Gatewood. "So while everything that happens in our communities, it just spills over into our schools. Now we as a community have to deal with them."

Greenwood said the school board has implemented some plans to help children who are already parents or are about to become parents.

Meanwhile, Terrika Sutton is getting used to the challenges of being a teen mom.

Sutton's two-month-old daughter, Camiya, keeps the 16-year-old Frayser High School student busy.

"In the morning time, she'll wake me up about 5:00, and I'll get up and find me something to wear to school," said Sutton. "I'll get her dressed, and if she has to go somewhere, her daddy keeps her sometimes and I'll get ready for school."

Sutton said she was five months along when she found out she was pregnant. Her parents and classmates were stunned.

"They were like, 'Terrika, I never knew you would get pregnant,'" she said. "I was like, 'well, it happened.'"

Roughly 20 percent of the female student population at Frayser High is already experiencing the trials of parenthood.

"It's a shame that all these girls at Frayser are pregnant, but it ain't nothing new," said Sutton. "Some girls just try to do it because they think it's cute. For some, it's an accident."

Sutton said she believes some girls are making agreements with each other to get pregnant.

"They probably plan it," she said. "Plan what they're going to do to get pregnant. No telling."

Sutton said educators need to do more to try to help prevent teen pregnancies.

"They need a class where they can teach the girls before they get pregnant to use protection and stuff," said Sutton. "And don't try to get pregnant."

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It's my honest opinion that this is a problem with this areas majority demographic. I find it unnerving that many of these girls are 'planning' these pregnancies. I wish they would do a study two years from now that would indicate how many of these babies have the biological father in their lives. Our government is teaching our current young generation that it's okay to be young, pregnant, uneducated and unemployed. Someone who has worked all their lives will flip the bill for you... simply sad.

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Post  LittleSouthernMama on Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:31 pm

i think there is a new sociological phenomenon at work here. the "planned" group pregnancy among teens begs to be studied from a perspective that will help us understand and combat it. i do think, though, that if the school had rumor, even unsubstantiated rumor, of pregnancy pacts, then they are remiss in not addressing it full force. with birth control options available at little or no cost to most of the girls in that school (that's me making an ASSumption about the school's socioeconomic average level), there really isn't much doubt that a number of these pregnancies were planned.

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