It’s time to get pregnant at Roosevelt High

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Teen pregnancies at Roosevelt High have dropped since the school teamed up with Planned Parenthood  to open a family planning clinic on the Boyle Heights campus. But teens continue to get pregnant, and school nurse Sherry Medrano – who hands out condoms, birth control pills and advice to students – tells NPR that right now is the peak time of the year for Roosevelt High pregnancies. Said Medrano:

“What I call my peak season is March 1 through June 1. … I attribute it to several things — Valentine’s Day, prom, different events that happen,” she says. “I know everybody laughs when I say that, but you know, that’s the only thing [to which] I can attribute the peak in teen pregnancies during that time period.”

With two weeks left before the peak pregnancy season ends, Roosevelt High parents might want to consider escorting their kids to the next school dance.


  1. These girls need to go out there and learn something. Open a text book, go to the park, go to Skilloop.com and take a lesson in something. Just stop whatever it is your doing. Wow.

  2. How you know that your local public high school isn’t very good: they have a “peak pregnancy season.”

  3. So how many girls are/were getting pregnant?
    Is this epidemic? Are there 4-6 girls getting pregnant, or 20-30?

    • some info in story

      “Medrano says the year before the partnership with Planned Parenthood started in 2008, there were 32 pregnancies on campus. There were only three the following year.” — linked story

  4. I work in this field, not too many years ago there was one LAUSD high school, who shall remain nameless, that had 64+ pregnant students. It’s not a failure of the school or the school system, it is a failure of our society, adult society.

    These teens have parents that are working 2+ jobs daily just to put food on the table and a roof over the heads of their families. Because of how hard times are economically, their parents must work, cannot be home with them after school. Because of our economy nearly all the after school programs that may have kept them otherwise engaged and busy are completely decimated…gone.

    Unemployment among teens is at an all time high of 24% in 2011. What used to be typical jobs for teens: fast food restaurants, retail, places like Starbucks, are now being taken by adults and sometimes adults who could be their grandparents.

    What is left to pass the time? Video games at home, surfing the internet (if they are lucky enough to have the internet at home), engaging in unhealthy/unproductive activities, experimenting with sex, drugs, alcohol and, worst case scenario, gangs.

    What teens are lacking is hope. Hope for a future better than the one they have, hope for a future better than the one they see their parents and other family members have and what they see around them. It’s a sad state of affairs for many many teens.

    The program I run, through outreach and a clinical medical program, helps prevent teen pregnancy, STDs and HIV infection and is a peer based program. We are lucky enough to be able to recruit, train and hire teens when they are young and we can still make a difference in their lives and they, in turn, can help to make a difference in the lives of their friends and peers. The program was developed and guided by teens, it still is and that’s why it works.

    We need more programs like this that empower teens, give them hope and let them see – and more importantly reach – a real, tangible and successful future.

    • That’s amazing work. Hopefully more people take the initiative like you and not just throw out a thoughtless suggestion like “open a book.”.

  5. It’s not really the fault of the kids, it’s how we were (and still are) raised. Having a child has always been regarded as a “blessed” event… and it is. But all things must be considered within context. Our economy today is not family friendly. High school graduate, college graduate, it doesn’t make any difference… there simply are not enough good-paying jobs for these kids to even consider having children or starting a family. “Get YOUR life in order first!” is the message they should be hearing. 1 out of every 4 kids in the US lives in poverty. These children deserve better

  6. I’d like to add, I think the title of this story is pretty awful. Sarcastic, yes. Helpful, insightful? Not in any way.

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