Monday, March 31, 2008

14 Year Old Delivers Fetus in Airplane Restroom


I've reluctantly been watching this story develop all day. At first the airplane cleaning crew reported finding a fetus in the wastebasket about 15 minutes after the plane landed in Houston. Of course it wouldn't be difficult to find out who the mother was, considering they have a passenger log and in all likelihood the lady would still be at the airport (I know I've never been able to depart a plane and leave the airport within 15 minutes). Anyway, surely they could quickly locate the woman and find out what happened, right?

Well, sort of.

Finally we find out that the woman they were looking for turned out to be a 14 year old middle school student who was returning from a school trip in New York and reportedly didn't even know she was pregnant. Preliminary reports say that the baby was stillborn.

Everybody's concerned about having the race conversation and I agree that it's needed, but is anyone except me noticing that somebody needs to start having the teenager conversation? I've done a few posts in the last 2 weeks dealing with some heavy stuff concerning tweens and teens. It's reported in a recent study that 25% of teens have an STD, a 17 year old recently left her kids at home to eat cocaine while she went out to sell drugs on the corner, a 12 year old was just found working in a strip club...and more horrible reports concerning teens are popping up every day.

We're letting them grow up too fast. They have too many privileges, too much freedom, too much technology and no innocence. Will parents please start being parents again? Your children may hate you for it now, but they will thank you for it later.

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