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Baby born in bathroom was alive before teen tried to flush it

Written by Maria O'Connor on | April 4, 2008 | 1 Comment

A recent news article from Dallas, Texas has brought to light a disturbing reality that needs to be addressed. The article states that a 14-year-old junior high school student flushed her newborn baby down the toilet. There are some things drastically wrong with this picture. Yes, plural “things”, meaning more than just the act of flushing the baby.

One of the main focuses of the article should be that no one knew the girl was pregnant.

“People who knew her at school said she wore baggy clothing, and nobody suspected she was pregnant, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday.”

This girl’s classmates didn’t even suspect she was pregnant, and the parents aren’t mentioned at all in the article.  How could a 14-year-old girl go through an entire pregnancy and no one, least of all her parents, notice until she was giving birth in a school restroom?

The scary thing is that this doesn’t seem like a random occurence.

“The incident came just three days after another 14-year-old girl delivered a stillborn fetus in the bathroom of an airplane on her way back to Houston from a middle-school field trip. “

A similar situation 25 miles away in just three days? This should be addressed. Something needs to be done.

Perhaps the problem is that these girls don’t know any better. Perhaps the problem is that they do know better and that’s why they tried to hide it. Perhaps the problem lies not with the girls, but with their teachers, parents, role models, etc.

Something caused these girls to become pregnant. I’m pretty sure the number 1 cause of pregnancy is sex. I’m even going to go out on a limb and assume these girls became pregnant because they weren’t taught about safe-sex, if they were taught anything about sex at all. (The alternative is that they just didn’t care, which is a more frightening possibility.) If we as a society do not educate our children about the “adult world” that they are becoming a part of at younger ages, there will be more news stories exactly like this one.

We need to step it up. We need to have more education about such matters in our schools instead of just ignoring it and hoping that parents will teach their kids about sex, because obviously some parents aren’t doing that. These children - yes, a 14-year-old is still a child – missed something. Whether it was information about sex,  safe-sex or even other alternatives such as adoption, whatever they missed could have prevented these tragedies.

Something has to be done.

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    April 8th, 2008 @ 5:47 am

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