The mayor of Gloucester, Mass., says there's no evidence to suggest that any local teens made a pregnancy pact.
Last week, the Gloucester High School principal told Time Magazine that some of the 17 girls at his school had made a pact with each other to become pregnant and raise their babies together.
Now other school and town officials deny such a pact was made.
"The high school principal is the one who initially said it, and no one else has said it," Mayor Carolyn Kirk said. "None of the counselors at the school, none of the teachers who know these children and none of the families have spoken about it."
"So, my position is that it has not been confirmed," she said.
Kirk met with with school and health officials Monday to discuss the town's rising teen pregnancy rate.
Kirk said she and the superintendent have been in close touch with the principal. The principal cannot recall how he heard the information.
On Monday, the school committee chairman told the Boston Herald that the principal is the only one who made such claims.
"I have reason to believe that no one has come forward other than the principal who is saying he heard someone say it. The more logical occurrence is that two or more girls got pregnant and decided to have a pact to stick together from that point on," he said.
The high teen pregnancy rate is four times the average in the school of 1,200 students. All of the pregnant teens are aged 16-years-old or younger.
Gloucester is located about 30 miles north of Boston and has a population of around 30,000.
The town has a large Roman Catholic influence and has a history of supporting teenage mothers. The high school has a child daycare center used by both students and employees.
Source: The Associated Press, Boston Herald.com