Three Gloucester citizens speak out.
The pregnancy pact in Gloucester, Mass., -- where half of the 17 expectant girls in the local high school allegedly made a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together -- has everybody talking. Is the pact fact or fiction? Depends on who you ask. We called locals for their reaction to this explosive story.
"We have not been able to confirm the existence of a pact. We are seeking to understand whether it is based on fact or rumor. The privacy of our students and their families is our number-one concern. There will be no more comments about particular students in our high school."
-- Carolyn Kirk, mayor of Gloucester
"I recently graduated from Gloucester High School and this topic took up most of our last few months. Younger kids have become more and more careless in recent years. It's scary because they don't even know what they are doing, not only to their own lives, but to the lives of their parents as well. Some of the girls have older friends with kids, and they know that if they can't afford the child, the government will help pay for it. For them, it's a safety net, so no matter what they did they'd be guaranteed money to support the child."
-- Name withheld by request
"From what I have heard, there were only two girls who made the pact. The rest got pregnant on their own. One reason girls might want to get pregnant at an early age is because Gloucester is a very Italian, very Catholic, very traditional place. And in that culture, a lot of girls aren't allowed to leave home until they are married. It's possible that they get pregnant at such a young age so they can escape."
--Cameron Lowe, recent Gloucester High School graduate
Do you believe the pregnancy pact is fact or fiction?