[SeMissourian.com] Fog/Mist ~ 67°F  
River stage: 16.84 ft. Rising
Friday, Sep. 4, 2015

Mayor: No proof girls had pregnancy pact

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

GLOUCESTER, Mass. -- The city's mayor said Monday there is no evidence a group of young girls made a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together, seeking to dispel an explosive theory put forth by the high school principal.

"Any planned blood-oath bond to become pregnant -- there is absolutely no evidence of," Mayor Carolyn Kirk said Monday after a meeting with city, school and health leaders.

Absent from the meeting was Gloucester High School principal Joseph Sullivan, who has not responded to requests for comment after he was quoted last week in a Time magazine story saying the girls planned to get pregnant together.

The mayor, who also sits on the school committee, said she was not comfortable having Sullivan at the meeting.

Kirk cited privacy concerns in refusing to answer many questions about the 17 girls who became pregnant this school year -- more than quadruple the number who generally become pregnant at the school.

Kirk said she and superintendent Christopher Farmer have been in touch with Sullivan, and that he was "foggy in his memory" about how he came to believe there was a pact.

Authorities have talked to school and health officials who work most closely with the children and, Kirk said, "The people that worked with the children on a daily basis have said there has been no mention whatsoever of a pact."

But Time posted a story on its Web site Monday that included new quotes from its interview with Sullivan in which the principal said a lack of access to birth control didn't play a part in the surge of pregnancies.

"That bump was because of seven or eight sophomore girls. They made a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together," Time quoted Sullivan as saying.

Calls to Sullivan's office and home have not been returned. So far, Sullivan is the only school or city official who has used the term "pact."

Fact Check
See inaccurate information in this story?

Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on semissourian.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

There may be no evidence of a plot, but take my word for it, it most likely is true!

My grand daughter entered the same kind of deal here at her school, no word on how many other girls got pregnant, but my grand daughter did!

When we cornered her, she admitted that she and a group of her friends all made a covenant to get pregnant while still in school.

My advice to the "city Fathers" there...even if there is no cold hard evidence, you can bet it was true, because it happened to my grand daughter. You will never make me believe that my grand daughter and her friends were the first to come up with this idea, I suggest that it is the latest teen fad!

-- Posted by Walkenstick on Tue, Jun 24, 2008, at 6:16 AM

Maybe the principal is the father of several of the kids and made up the story to point the blame somewhere else.

-- Posted by newman90 on Tue, Jun 24, 2008, at 8:29 AM

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: