Doubts Cast on Pregnancy Pact at Massachusetts School

High school officials in a Massachusetts town are shedding doubt on reports a group of teens made a pregnancy pact.

Instead of an organized effort to get pregnant together, the teens may have formed a bond after learning they were expecting.

But school leaders are still alarmed by the increase in the number of pregnancies over the past year.

It appears a group of pregnant girls at Gloucester High School in Massachusetts did not make a pregnancy pact.

Last week the high school principal said eight of the 17 pregnant high school students wanted to get pregnant and raise their babies together.

On Monday the city's mayor said there is nothing to support those statements.

"Anything in advance of any planned, blood-oath bond to become pregnant, there is absolutely no evidence of," said Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk.

While there is no proof, the district superintendent says there are signs the teens may not have realized the consequences of becoming pregnant at a young age.

"There were a group of girls who were being pregnant tested with regularity that would lead one to the conclusion...leading one to the conclusion doesn't mean to say that was the root cause, that they were not trying very hard not to get pregnant," said superintendent Christopher Farmer.

Teen pregnancies in the fishing town of 30,000 have spiked in the last year.

At Gloucester High, the number of pregnancies was more than four times higher than last year.

Some say the glamorization of teen pregnancies in real life and in the movies hasn't helped.

The high school committee is expected to study the situation and vote on whether or not to allow the school health clinic to dispense contraceptives.

The high school is supportive of helping students who become pregnant stay enrolled in classes by providing an on-site day care for students and staff.