Teenage preg­nan­cies plague Claren­don school

The Star (Jamaica) - - ENTERTAINMENT - AKEEM MAS­TERS STAR Re­porter

The guardian of a fe­male stu­dent en­rolled at a Claren­don-based high school is mulling over whether to trans­fer her from the in­sti­tu­tion as she fears that the child may end up preg­nant like some of her school­mates.

Mary* said she was given a let­ter to at­tend a meet­ing at the school re­cently af­ter the child was deemed to have been dis­rup­tive. She said that she was shocked to find out that there were a num­ber of stu­dents at the in­sti­tu­tion who were ex­pec­tant.

“Di teacher say a five pick­ney dem find inna di school preg­nant, from first form guh right up,” she told THE STAR.

Ex­plain­ing that her niece is 14 years old, Mary said her niece has fallen in with bad com­pany, and is fear­ful that she too may be­come a preg­nant teen.

“Di pick­ney dem bad up deh and she start lick head wid dem, and mi nuh want she get belly be­fore time. She nuh ready fi nuh man nor nuh pick­ney, a har book alone she fi tek up,” Mary said.

When THE STAR con­tacted the Claren­don­based school prin­ci­pal, he said he was not aware of the mat­ter. He said the guid­ance coun­sel­lor would have up­dated him.

Ven­dolyn Cameron, the com­mand­ing of­fi­cer for the Claren­don Po­lice Di­vi­sion, said the po­lice were prob­ing two cases of preg­nancy among teenage school­girls in the parish.

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