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90 girls pregnant at Memphis high/middle school.

You have got to be kidding me.   Maybe  Michelle Obama can look into this when she is done telling everybody what to eat.

What in the world is going on at Frayser Middle/High School in Memphis, Tenn.? More girls are carrying babies than backpacks!

There are a reported 90 teens who are pregnant now or who have had a baby this school year. Eleven percent of the school’s female population is already in the throes of parenthood.

Let me describe to you a liberal’s paradise.  Frayser Middle/High School is in a low income area where 98% of the student body is black and 100% are eligible for low income food assistance and 90 teenage girls in one school are pregnant.   Ain’t that lovely ?   So how does this happen…?

Heckuva job.

In Memphis, the teen pregnancy rate is between 15 percent and 20 percent – and in Frayser, the rate is 26 percent, said Deborah Hester Harrison, executive director of Memphis’ Girls Inc. It’s no surprise that Harrison places at least part of the blame on the media, such as the popular MTV shows “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom.”

“So much of our society is sexually oriented. As adults we can look at that and it doesn’t impact us, but kids are different,” Harrison said.

Memphis’ Girls Inc. is all over it.

Memphis City School officials will set the initiative in motion on Jan. 20. The campaign will be run by Girls Inc., an organization that’s been helping girls in Memphis improve their self-esteem for the past several decades. The “No Baby!” all-out massive effort to stomp out teen pregnancy will hopefully get the message across to teens to say no to having sex and having babies. “No Baby!” will only encourage abstinence and not provide contraceptives but will give teens the proper tools on how to protect themselves should they decide to engage in sexual relations.

Memo to Girl’s Inc.    Try a little harder.

I don’t know where to begin with this. This blows my mind.   Not only are most of these kid’s from low income and most likely broken home families now they are pregnant to boot while they are still in high school.  If one in five breaks out of that cycle of poverty and actually is able to support themselves then I would be surprised.

I don’t have any information on exactly how many girls are from broken homes (72% on average) or homes that are already on public assistance but if 100% are eligible for reduced price lunches it is a good bet that many are already in the system.  And now many will remain in  the system with a brand new baby who will also grow up in the system and who will probably have even less of a chance of escaping the generational poverty that runs through their family.   That’s what I call generational welfare.  That’s where the grandmother, the daughter and now the infant from one family are all receiving public assistance.   No doubt free health care too.   Multiply that by 90 and consider what that costs every month.   And what about the baby daddy….?  Behind bars or will be soon.

We know by now, of course, that the situation is grave. We know that more than a third of black children live in poverty; that more than 70 percent are born to unwed mothers; that by the time they reach their mid-30s, a majority of black men without a high school diploma has spent time in prison. We know all this, but no one seems to know how to turn things around. No one has been able to stop this steady plunge of young black Americans into a socioeconomic abyss.

In 2008, black males were imprisoned at a rate six-and-a-half times higher than white males.

Now let’s think 16 years into the future.   How many of those kid’s will also be pregnant or in trouble with the law, a high school drop out or dead ?

Children of unmarried mothers of any race are more likely to perform poorly in school, go to prison, use drugs, be poor as adults, and have their own children out of wedlock.

It’s a disaster.   These kid’s are doomed.


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