Bosnian Teens Return From Trip Pregnant

If your teen daughter goes on a school trip, you definitely don't expect her to come back pregnant, but that's what happened for seven families in Bosnia.

Pregnant schoolkids

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A five-day school trip for a class of Bosnian teenagers ended with a quarter of them pregnant, public health officials reported, and parents are rightfully angry.

The girls are 13 and 14 years old, and traveled as a group to the country's capital, Sarajevo, to visit museums and take in the sights of the city. They were gone for five days, and a solid 25 percent of the group came home with an extra guest on board.

I know that you can't watch children 100 percent of the time, but it sounds like there was a serious lack of supervision if a quarter of the kids under your charge manage to get pregnant on a chaperoned school trip. If I were to be so bold, I would say that zero percent of school kids should get pregnant while on a school trip.

Nenad Babici, the national coordinator for reproductive health, said that parents were neglectful and they should be more open with their kids and talk with them about sex. Absolutely. I certainly agree with this, but the chaperones on this trip massively failed to do their jobs. The school and those who agreed to go along on the trip should be held accountable because they neglected their duties in a major way.

I just can't imagine a scenario where so many of the girls were able to occupy themselves with males (and where did they come across the males, as they hadn't taken any boys on the school trip?). Regardless, pregnancy is difficult, particularly when the mother is barely a teen herself. Hopefully they will get the proper love and support they need as they go through a major life event earlier than their parents had hoped.

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