School staff and pupils is in shock after 90 of its students have either recently fallen pregnant or given birth.
One former pupil told The Chicago Tribune: 'When we would come back from summer break, there would be a thousand people pregnant. We were like, what's going on? There were a whole lot of bellies. You had to watch out so you didn't bump into them. Being 2011, I thought a lot of them would have thought this is not the right way to go, having babies during school time.'
Concerned local officials are to instigate new initiatives to combat the astonishing rates at Frayser High School, in Memphis, Tennessee, which are twice the national average.
Pupils at the school, however, says the problem is not a new one, and teen pregnancies have always been rife at Frayser High.
Girls, Inc. an organisation dedicated to helping young girls prevent pregnancy, blames the media for the early sexualisation of girls:
'So much of our society is sexually oriented,' said Deborah Hester Harrison, who heads up Girls, Inc, 'As adults we can look at that and it doesn't impact us, but kids are different.'
Girls, Inc. offers courses which include given young girls computerized babies to care for, to give them an insight into the realities of teen parenting.
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