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90 Teens Pregnant at Memphis High School

Better late than never: A Memphis high school is desperately trying to reduce teen pregnancies among its students after realizing 90 of its 800 students, or about 11 percent, are currently pregnant. Ninety percent of the students at Frayser High School qualify for free lunches, and students feel like the pregnancies are an epidemic. "When we would come back from summer break, there would be a thousand people pregnant," said a 2004 graduate. "We were like what's going on. There were a whole lot of bellies." Local authorities are planning a massive advertising campaign encouraging girls to say no, or at least to use protection if they have sex. The Memphis schools superintended added that older men from outside the city see teenage girls as easy prey, and are contributing to the problem.

January 15, 2011 3:00 AM