School officials from the Gloucester High School reported that a reason behind a a sudden spike in pregnancies in their school was a pact made by a group of teens to get pregnant and raise their babies together.
Some of the girls confessed to making the pact after the school began investigating a rise in pregnancies that has left 17 girls at the school carrying a child. Normally, there are about four pregnancies a year at the school.

The investigators reported that about half of the expecting students, none of which are older than 16, were involved. They rose suspicion as they were coming to the school clinic multiple times to get pregnancy tests, and appeared to be more upset when they weren't pregnant than when they were. Some of them even reacted with high fives and plans for baby showers to the pregnancy news. Another shocking thing is that one of the fathers is a 24-year-old homeless guy.

The story has certainly shaken the seaside city about 30 miles north of Boston. First reports that the girls were getting pregnant on purpose came in March. The girls who made a pact are generally girls who lack self-esteem and have a lack of love in their lives.

Two officials from the high school health center resigned as a sign of protest against the resistance of the local hospital to the confidential distribution of contraceptives. The hospital administers the state money that funds the clinic.