School Officials Encourage Pregnant Teens To Stay In School

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

The recent revelation that vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's daughter, 17 year old Bristol Palin, is pregnant, raised awareness about the issue of teen pregnancy.

It's something that many girls here in eastern Kentucky deal with everyday.

Officials in one school system are doing everything they can to make sure those girls get an education.

Getting ready to have a baby while going to high school is not easy.

“I thought it would be easier but it is kind of hard, dealing with the morning sickness, and then having to get ready for school, being really tired. It does get kind of hard,” Verdie Fee said.

The 17 year old Bell County High School student is due to give birth in April.

By then, she hopes to have her high school diploma, thanks to an alternative learning course. Bell County School administrators say about 20 of their students are either pregnant or already mothers.

Many of them have dropped out.

“That sacrifice of coming back another year, or another two years, get that basic diploma where they an further themselves, is really going to benefit them and their children,” Marcy Hayden said.

Tuesday they threw a baby shower of sorts, to show support.

Along with the support, they're giving away some freebies, like booster seats, and baby necessities bag with everything from a sippie cup to a blanket.

Fee has always wanted to be a massage therapist.

“I know having a baby now might slow it down, but I'm going to do what I want to do, still got my eye on the prize,” Fee said.

A prize school administrators say will be much more attainable with an education.

The Bell County School System's efforts are made possible by federal grant.

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  • by CRYSTAL Location: KNOTT CO. on Sep 24, 2008 at 08:45 AM
    Let them go to school. For goodness slakes this is going to be hard enough as it is. Everone makes mistakes in some form or another, especially as a young adult./WYMT YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST
  • by Former pregnant teen Location: KY on Sep 24, 2008 at 02:57 AM
    NO! They should not be allowed to stay in a regular school setting. However, they could go to an alternative school. As a former pregnant teenager, I completely understand how many other teen girls look at a pregnant girl as an idea. I know that it happens but must everyone make it so convenient for them. Shouldn't people be giving "feebies" to those that don't get pregnant.
  • by Amanda Location: Virgie on Sep 23, 2008 at 06:16 PM
    Congrats to the support for these girls!! More people need to show this type of support to our young mothers. Keep going ladies, you can do it!
  • by Ms. Disagree Location: Eastern Kentucky on Sep 23, 2008 at 05:43 PM
    I'm sorry, but I totally disagree. I strongly believe that pregnant teens have no place in our high schools. To me it glamorizes the whole concept. In fact in some cases it may even encourage other young girls to the mindset of thinking it is okay to become pregnant out of wedlock and while still in school. People, it's not right. The morals of our country have gone to Hades, there's no doubt about that. Our public high schools are no place for a mother to be. That's my take on the situation and I am sure there are MANY who disagree. So yeah, keep on giving away "freebies" and other benefits to these young, unwed, pregnant girls. Heck, lets go ahead and give them an award. Until this country changes acceptance in regard to unwed high school teenagers we will see a rise in those becoming pregnant. Mark my words.
  • by Diane Location: Mt.Sterling on Sep 23, 2008 at 05:07 PM
    I commend these women for not taking the easy road out of their situation. These babies born in situations that may not seem ideal all have promise. I would like to see situations where the fathers would be held just as responsible for the consequences of their behavior. It's good to help pregnant teens make better decisions for them and their babies. But until we reach young men and make them face their responsibilities to their children, we will continue to have teen unmarried moms. Instead of society and politicians making cruel jokes about this issue we need to accept the fact that young men need to be making some better choices and are just as much at risk as young women.
  • by AC Location: Corbin on Sep 23, 2008 at 04:09 PM
    this is great--it really is somewhat heartwarming... but it begs the question of sex education. perhaps we should be teaching kids how not to become pregnant. obviously abstinence only "education" isn't working.
  • by unknown Location: unknown on Sep 23, 2008 at 04:04 PM
    just to let you know my girlfriend is pregnant right now 4 months and she goes to school and she has no problems but some girls have problems and some dont i also go to school but you know you dont see me complaining because i got a baby on the way it cant hurt anything i mean it is your baby and me being a freshman and my girlfriend being a freshman thats awful hard but you know i dont really care at the moment she isnt complaining so i am not going to you know i mean sometimes you have to complain but it will be ok


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