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1. Posted by mally (Respected Member 199 posts) 10y

Girl, 12, will be UK's youngest mum
12 May 2006

The case of an 11-year-old schoolgirl who became pregnant has prompted calls for better education on sexual health.

The girl, now aged 12, is set to break the record for being the UK's youngest mother.
She told a national newspaper she is "REALLY EXCITED" about having a child after losing her virginity to a boy aged 15 in Edinburgh.

The girl, from West Lothian, is due to give birth in a few weeks, breaking the record set by Jenny Teague of Dorset, who had a baby aged 12 years and nine months in 1997.

The girl, who has not been named, told The Scottish Sun: "I think I'll be able to cope as I've had lots of practice looking after my brothers."

She said she thought she might be pregnant after having unprotected sex on a night out in Edinburgh last August. The girl's 34-year-old mother told the Sun she was proud of her daughter. The mother-to-be, who smokes up to 20 cigarettes a day according to the newspaper, said she hoped the baby would be a boy.

But the Scottish Conservatives called for society and families to unite to change attitudes towards sex following the news. Health spokeswoman Nanette Milne MSP said: "This news will have shocked many people and the impact on the lives of the two children, the mum-to-be and her baby, must be the first concern.

"I hope that this incident will draw attention to failings that have allowed such a young girl to go on a night out, get drunk, get pregnant, yet seemingly be ignorant about the risks and consequences."

The news sparked outrage from the Catholic Church. A spokesman said: "Apart from anything else, what has happened is illegal as the girl is under age. It is indicative of an increasingly promiscuous culture. As a society, Scotland does not seem to be as concerned as it should be about under age sexual activity and promiscuous behaviour on the part of older teenagers."

A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said the case would be the subject of a child protection review and the matter would be reported to the Children's Reporter and the procurator fiscal.

AT £5 A PACKET WHERES SHE GETTING THE MONEY TO SMOKE ?

WHAT A SAD SITUATION. I DIDN'T LET MY DAUGHTER HAVE A BOY FRIEND UNTIL SHE WAS 16. SHE COULD HAVE A BABY EVERY YEAR AND THE STATE WOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR IT FOR LIFE. SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER GETTING A BUDGIE TO LOVE

2. Posted by sarahd (Budding Member 96 posts) 10y

I think the fact that the mother is "proud" of her daughter says everything we need to know. I also think she'll be churning them out by the year, ending up on a reality TV show like "wife swap" by the time she's 20, moaning about the kids ashthma, and that £25,000 of state benefits a year isn't enough to keep her in beer and cigs.

Why the hell was that child not playing with dolls like other 11 year olds do? Or are we creating a society where children are growing up far too quickly and are forced to become adults too soon?

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Though this may be an interesting "headline" in the news - I don't see it's relevence to travel. And, though this is the "General Topic" forum - it still holds little relevence. I will let it stand as it is, mainly because sarahd has responded - but please keep any responses "to the point" and not slanderous. Thank you.

4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

Quoting mally

...The girl, now aged 12, is set to break the record for being the UK's youngest mother....

I doubt this is anything new. I bet there were girls of similar age who were pregnant in the UK in Dicken's time.

I pity both the girl and her silly mother, and wonder where the girl's father is.

5. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 10y

Quoting Isadora

Though this may be an interesting "headline" in the news - I don't see it's relevence to travel.

To quote the header of the "Off Topic" page:
"Talk about whatever you like.. a chance to get to know some of the other members who visit this site regularly"

I don't see why this post has to be anything travel related any more than any other post on the "Off Topic" forum.

6. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Quoting angela_

Quoting Isadora

Though this may be an interesting "headline" in the news - I don't see it's relevence to travel.

To quote the header of the "Off Topic" page:
"Talk about whatever you like.. a chance to get to know some of the other members who visit this site regularly"

I don't see why this post has to be anything travel related any more than any other post on the "Off Topic" forum.

This thread was moved from the GENERAL TALK Forum to OFF TOPIC.

7. Posted by cookieyum (Inactive 75 posts) 10y

I think this case should make the government get their arses into gear, stop being prudish idiots and start addressing this problem. You can't stop kids from having sex but at least give them a decent knowledge of sex that goes beyond the basic biology of genitalia. That way when someone does choose whether to have sex or not they'll be more informed of the emotional and health risks involved and more likely to use protection. Did anyone see a programme called 'Let's Talk Sex' that Davina McCall presented? Very interesting - she went over to holland and despite the country's porny sterotype, the teenage pregnancy rate over there is WAY lower than here. And why? Because the kids are given a well-rounded education about sex and it starts being introduced very lightly around the age of 6. It's thorough - by about 15 the kids are taught how to put condoms on prosthetic willies, watch graphic educational videos and very importantly the emotional element of sex is emphasised - that you choose to have sex when you are ready and that it's about love, not a drunk one-night stand. This aspect of sex was NEVER mentioned in our sex education classes here. The pupils in Holland didn't go sex-mad after these lessons but seemed to appreciate being treated like adults rather than preached at and as such they made more mature decisions concerning sex. You're not protecting kids by hiding things from them - you're just making them ignorant.

So please you silly MPs - stop being embarrassed and do something about it. After all, it's not like you're paradigms of virtue is it Mr Prescott?

8. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

I remember sex education in Year 10 (when we were about 15).

The teacher asked, "so boys, put your hand up if you have ever masturbated."

No one put their hand up.

So he asks, "put you hand up if you have never masturbated."

No one put their hand up

9. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 10y

pffftt :P! I didn't know what masturbation was until after I was married!

10. Posted by sarahd (Budding Member 96 posts) 10y

I'm actually going to compare this to something not related to the topic! My parents had a very liberal attitude towards alcohol, a the age of 15 my friends were drinking cheap awful sherry in a park. It never bothered me. I was always allowed a very small glass of wine (I technically mean a mouthful) if we had a meal out. When I got to uni a lot of my friends went mad, missed most of the first year because they weren't allowed to drink at home, so spent the year drunk or hungover, I did it all in moderation. There is a lot to be said for not telling kids they can't do something.