What is up with the world today?

October 18, 2007 at 3:05 pm | Posted in News and Views | 2 Comments
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Kids are growing up way too fast. When I was in middle school, I had no idea what birth control pills were, and I don’t think the patch was even invented then. I’m not pissed off at the school, it seems the reality is that pre-teens are having sex and that really sucks. This is as eloquent as I’m going to get on this issue.

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  1. Maybe YOU didn’t know what birth control pills were in Middle Schooll, but kids that age are having sex. Once, right after college, I worked at this community health center in Roxbury, MA, a rough area that people analogize with Harlem. I was working with the Pediatrics department which also ran a teen clinic.

    One day, I got a call asking if we could do a “pregnancy test on a little girl.” I asked how old was this “little girl”. You know what she told me? 12!!!! TWELVE YEARS OLD and needing a pregnancy test!!! It is one of the few times in my life when I was truly shocked. It basically ruined the rest of my day. My coworkers said that such an incident was like a rite of passage for everyone who works there and that they have seen ELEVEN (as in 11) year olds seeking pregnancy tests and being treated for STDs. For real. I could never have made such a thing up.

    Oh, and one last thing: this all happened in 1994 – some 13 years ago.

    The only thing that surprises me about this is that it is hapening in Maine. Perhaps they have had one too many pregnant middle schoolers and we just havent been aware of the situation.

    – Malaika

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