Pregnancy Pact Was Real, Says Principal

Defends comments after mayor says there's no proof
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2008 9:49 AM CDT
Pregnancy Pact Was Real, Says Principal
Carolyn Kirk, mayor of Gloucester, Mass., right, sits with city leaders,to discuss issues surrounding a report relating to a pregnancy pact, Monday, June 23, 2008.   (AP Photo/Lisa Poole)

The principal of a Massachusetts high school who said 17 girls got pregnant at his school as part of a pact isn't backing down from his claim, the AP reports. The principal said he gleaned the information through a nurse practitioner, “verbal staff reports,” and “student/staff chatter.” Amid a media feeding frenzy, the mayor has downplayed the allegation and suggested that the principal couldn't back up his story.

"My sources had informed me that a significant number of the pregnancies, especially among the younger students, were the result of deliberate and intentional behavior," said Joseph Sullivan. "I believe everything I told (Time magazine) was and is accurate." (More teen pregnancy stories.)

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