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WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith

MY TURN: Sixteen and pregnant

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WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith
MEMPHIS, TN -

The percentage of teenagers having babies in the United States has fallen to its lowest point in 70 years. It's encouraging news but it won't mean much to people who live in the Frayser neighborhood of Memphis.

As Action News 5 has been reporting this week, 90 students attending Frayser High School this school year are either pregnant or have already given birth.  To put that number of 90 in perspective, the school has 800 students total.

You'd think a number like that would have the undivided attention of Memphis City School leaders, but that's not been the case. Last fall, the school board had to pass a resolution requiring school administrators to count the number of pregnant students and to actually teach the state's family planning curriculum.

Memphis City Schools is not alone in its lackadaisical approach to the teen pregnancy problem. It's easy to say that this is a family issue that should not have to be addressed at school, but it's also self-evident that's a plan that has not worked and will not work

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email yourturn@wmctv.com or call 800-465-1210.

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