When word of one Tennessee high school having 90 teen moms this school year hit the news, the internet exploded with comments and questions. Due to all of the media attention, the Memphis School Superintendent held a press conference to clear up some common misconceptions about the situation at Frayser High and to update everyone on new initiatives to address the teen pregnancy issue.
According to Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash, the reason there are so many teen moms at the school is because pregnant teens seek out the school. The former principal Dr. Cassandra Turner started a program last year that specifically targets pregnant teens and teens who already have children. Dr. Turner says 35 pregnant teens have transferred to Frayser High.
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton spoke during the press conference as well as Meri Amour, President and CEO of Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, which has a mentoring and training program for teen boys.
“We hope that our story and our united response will be an inspiration to other community leaders and groups,” said Mayor Wharton as he pledged to aggressively combat the teen pregnancy issue.
Now that you know the high school in question has a teen pregnancy program, are you any less outraged at there being 90 teen moms at the one high school?