Saturday, April 05, 2008

Babies Having Babies

There was a sad and disturbing story in the local news this week about a 14-year-old girl who gave birth to a "near full-term baby" in the bathroom at her junior high school, then killed the baby when she tried to flush him down the toilet. The baby boy was born alive; apparently some other students heard him crying and ran to get help. By the time teachers and the school nurse arrived, it was too late. It is a truly tragic story, and I'm sure things like this happen all too often in society today. But there are a few things that I just don't get:
  • No one knew this girl was pregnant, even her parents. How on earth can a 14-year-old girl be pregnant - apparently pretty far along - and NO ONE notice??? Now she is saying that she did not know she was pregnant, but I just don't believe that. You can't have a baby living inside of you and not know it.
  • How could she go into the bathroom at school and just give birth? I've had babies, and it's not an easy-breezy process, let me tell you. How could no one hear her? How did she know what to do?
  • Did she really think she could just flush the baby down the toilet and....what? Go back to class? Pretend nothing happened?

My daughter is 14. I can not even imagine. Has our society made sex so acceptable that even children that young think it's OK? I'm not trying to be judgemental, but 14-year-olds getting pregnant is a problem. If you were a pregnant teen, or have a pregnant teen, I'm sorry if this offends you. But likely you aren't happy about the situation yourself. And I certainly hope anyone in this situation would handle it better than this girl did. Because that was a life - God's creation - killed because his mommy was still a baby herself and didn't have the sense to do the right thing. And now she could be facing murder charges. Tragic, indeed.

8 comments:

D... said...

It's a wake up call, for sure, for us as parents of 8th graders. It totally breaks my heart and I know it's not uncommon.

I don't get it how you can NOT know you are pregnant, but I've heard too many stories of just that. However, like you, I do not get the mind set of giving birth alone (at that young age). Their bodies are too young to have babies. And I don't get her mind set to just flush the baby. How on earth did she think that was a possible solution? I know it was triggered by fear, but still...

ARGH! It just frustrates and saddens me so.

Misty Dawn said...

I am absolutely speechless. Appalled and speechless! Tragic is an understatement.

Stacey said...

I've started a comment five times and nothing that makes sense comes out! Such tragedy all around.

Jenny 865-53oh9 said...

Oh, man...that literally leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I can't imagine what demons that little girl will have to deal with as she gets older and completely understands what she has done.

StaceyG said...

Unfortunately it is getting to be more socially acceptable (by their peers at least) for these young girls to be pregnant. Some of it is cultural. They actually congratulate each other sometimes! Sad, sad...

crazy working mom said...

I heard this story as well. Sad, so very sad!

. . . Dallas Meow . . . . >^^< . . . said...

My thoughts exactly when I first heard this on our local news.
So sad

jennyonthespot said...

Things like this just break my heart...