Monday, July 7, 2008

Salem Witch Trial of 2008: Pregnant Teens in Gloucester

The sad part is that so many people believed this hoax.

Pregnant Teen: There Was No Pact

Couple Says They Were Using Birth Control

A Gloucester teenager who is five months pregnant said Tuesday morning there was no pact among girls in the North Shore fishing community's high school to get pregnant and raise their babies together.

The school principal unleashed a national controversy last week when he told Time magazine that a spike in teen pregnancies at the high school this spring was traced to such a pact, but pregnant teen Lindsey Oliver told "Good Morning America" Tuesday morning that wasn't the case.

"No. There was definitely no pact. There was a group of girls who decided that they were gonna ... they were already pregnant before they decided this. That they were gonna help each other with their kids so they could finish school and raise their kids together, to do the right thing was their decision. Not, let's get pregnant, like, as a group," said Oliver, 17, whose baby is due Nov. 12.

Oliver appeared on the morning news program with her baby's father, Andrew Psalidas, 20, who said he thinks the spike in teen pregnancies at the high school, which may be as many as 17 this year, is just a coincidence.

"I would just guess to say that girls are just ... getting unlucky, maybe," he said.

The couple said they were not planning to have a child."

Lindsey was on birth control. She was very careful with it, you know, because, obviously, we, at 17 and 20, we're not ready for a kid. But we're trying a lot harder now to get ready, that's for sure," Psalidas said.

They said they weren't sure why four times the normal amount of girls became pregnant at the high school this year. Oliver said claims that movies like "Juno" are glamorizing pregnancy don't make sense because the character couldn't care for her own baby and had to give the child away.

She said there's more of a problem with schools not providing contraceptives to teens.

"Well, I think that they sit there and they say that they want to make a difference and it's awful that all these kids are getting pregnant, but they don't want to do anything to help them. They won't put contraceptives in the nurse's office or anything and no kid wants to go into the store and buy them, or like, ask them mom to help them get birth control. Like, it's embarrassing. So, instead of, like, making them make the decision not to use any of them, they should be giving them out in the nurse's office so you can get it anonymously," Oliver said.

She said the argument that providing contraceptives encourages teens to have sex doesn't make sense."

The kids are obviously having it anyway. There are 17 pregnant girls. I mean, they're not going to stop it by not giving them anything. They're only going to make matters worse," she said.

Psalidas, who is working and going to community college full time, said the pregnancy controversy in the town has definitely made their own situation more difficult.

"It was definitely hard to begin with," he said. "Now, we have to deal with everybody knowing that she is having a baby ... now it's like, she's 'one of those Gloucester girls having a baby,' so it's like we're doing something wrong when we're trying to do everything we can to make it right for the mistake that we made," Psalidas said.

Just how crazy did the witch burners get?

Here is CBS News, nearly frothing at the thought of underage girls getting pregnant.

Here is MSNBC. Not much better than CBS.

Of course, no propaganda hysteria would be complete without Fox 'News.' Great outfit there.

So, there you have it. They are just regular teenage girls. And from the way the adults acted, I truly feel sorry for them. They deserve a more sympathetic response.

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