Teen pregnancy is a crisis in all our high schools, but this story is really distressing.
A recent graduate who had a baby during her freshman year told Time she knows why the girls wanted to get pregnant.
“They’re so excited to finally have someone to love them unconditionally,” Amanda Ireland, 18, said. “I try to explain it’s hard to feel loved when an infant is screaming to be fed at 3 a.m.”
What grieves me is the defensiveness with which these girls reject overtures of genuine caring and friendship from the emotionally healthy adults in their lives – their teachers, subs, and others. We don’t get it, I suppose – but what they don’t get is that children don’t come in to the world just to unconditionally love their mamas.