Shaking My Head
This just makes me shake my head. Do they not teach Sex ed.
“CANTON, Ohio – Thirteen percent of the female students at Timken Senior High School in Ohio are pregnant. High school senior Monica Selby thought she would be busy this year planning for college, not preparing for the birth of her first child.
“I’ve been crying every day and every night. I keep on blaming myself for this,” said the 18-year-old Selby, who is six months pregnant.
She cries about starting classes this week at Timken Senior High School with a bulging belly, about the emotions of planning an adoption, about becoming part of a statistic that has snagged the nation’s attention: 64 of Timken’s 490 female students â€” 13 percent â€” are pregnant.
The statistic at the school in the heart of this old steel city contrasts with a decade of declining teen pregnancy rates nationwide. But teen pregnancy experts say the problem is not exclusive to Timken High.
Experts, parents and students themselves struggle to explain why such pockets of high teen pregancy rates appear. Are teens getting appropriate sex education? Do they have access to birth control and are they using it consistently? Has the stigma of unwed motherhood lost its edge?
“This might be a school that is forthright with its problems while others are not,” said Jay Green, chairman of the Education Reform department at the University of Arkansas. “But this is a widespread issue.”
Green wrote a study last year for the conservative New York-based Manhattan Institute for Policy Research that found 20 percent of urban teenagers have been pregnant, compared with 14 percent of suburban teens.
Urban teens as a whole don’t use birth control as consistently or often, according to his research, and often have less to lose financially and socially than those in the suburbs.”