The school committee is due to discuss school-based contraceptives at the end of the month, according to Verga, who was himself a teenage dad. "I became a parent at 18 so I understand … these are not people who are ready to go out in the world. They're too young."
School superintendent, Christopher Farmer insists that Gloucester High School should not be judged by a few Juno-wannabes. "It's a good school, good staff and the great majority of the kids behave responsibly," said Farmer.
Of course, if it was attention the teenagers were seeking, they've certainly got that now. The story of the "teenage pregnancy pact" has become an international sensation. Camera crews from all three national television news networks were bumping into each other in the superintendent's office this week. And several teens at a local hangout had to run across the street holding their babies to escape a local reporter who wouldn't take no for an answer.
But when the media is gone, there will still be 17 high schools girls spending their summer buying bottles and burp cloths, instead of going to the beach. Those 17 teenage girls will now have their due dates circled on a calendar, along with the first day of school.