Parents were outraged after an Arizona high school featured a two-page spread in their yearbook showing images of teen students who were either pregnant or had babies. The concerned parents and grandparents complained that the high school was wrongfully glamourizing teen pregnancy. […]
Students were also shocked and unhappy to find these photos in their yearbook. Fellow student Gregory Gomez explained, “There are other kids who have worked harder for better accomplishments. And (the young parents) have a whole page for their kids.”
Teen pregnancy is obviously no easy thing. Teens choosing to carry their children to term and raise them or place them with loving families face tough decisions and sacrifice. I hope their families, schools, churches and communities provide them with the support they need.
They are growing up in a culture that glamourizes teen sex through every medium. Teens are viewing and becoming addicted to porn at alarming rates. It is becoming more graphic and more accessible than ever before.
So we can’t act surprised that teens are having sex and getting pregnant.
And these teen parents are part of the school body. They are also students. They participate in the school community and culture. It doesn’t sound like the two page spread glamourized teen sex and parenting. In fact, the teens are quoted on the challenges they face.
So does this spread ‘glamourize’ teen sex and pregnancy? Or is it just reflecting a reality?
Should we be outraged at the pictures? Or the mess of a culture that they’re having to navigate?
As Andrea says, bring on the prude revolution.by