7 Teens Get Pregnant On School Trip And Set World Record For Worst Chaperones

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babiesIn a remarkable show of unfortunate choices and teenage virility, seven Bosnian girls between the ages of 13 and 15 became pregnant during a five-day class trip to their country’s capital city. Now the parents are blaming the school, Bosnian officials are blaming the parents, and proper sex education is saying, “Maybe we could come over for a few days? Just to hang out, or whatever?”

A school in the town of Banja Luka took 28 female students on a school trip to Sarajevo to visit its museums, historical sites, and teenage penises. Seven of those girls are now pregnant, and after getting out a calendar and counting backwards it’s been determined that they all became pregnant while on that trip. The girls’ parents are furious, blaming the school for not supervising their daughters properly. I’m going to go ahead and say that if seven girls got pregnant while on your watch, then you probably did your watch without much actual watching. I mean, where and when did the girls meet these boys? Where and when were at least 14 of them able to have sex? And where were all the condoms?

It’s that last point that has none other than the country’s national coordinator of reproductive health, Nenad Babici, blaming the parents for, according to a story in the New York Post, “not educating their children properly.”

Ouch. Would you like some cold water, Bosnian parents? Because I believe you just got burned.

Teen pregnancies have become a growing problem in Bosnia, with one Sarajevo gynecologist, Senad Mehmedbasic, calling it a worrying trend. From the New York Post:

Educational institutes and parents, [Mehmedbasic] said, should play a stronger role in providing effective sex education.


“It is obvious that children do not have enough knowledge of health education, so they engage in such activities, not knowing the consequences….We have to be more direct in the educational system, it must not be allowed that street teaches children about intimate matters, and that they are later slapped by life.”

This incident is reviving talk about the overwhelmingly poor sex education in Bosnian schools and homes. Here’s how a 2006 United Nations report described the situation:

Regarding women’s health, abortion is used widely as a method of family planning, causing the fertility rate to decline.  Sex education remains inadequate as does gynaecological services and health promotion, particularly for adolescents.  The report also notes an increase in sexually active adolescents, unwanted pregnancies and the spread of infectious diseases.

Ow. Double burn right back on you, Bosnian government.

As with most societal problems, this is everybody’s fault: the parents, the teachers, and the government. Hurray, everybody loses. But if anything good can come out of this story, maybe it will be a deeper motivation to properly educate Bosnian children (and their parents) about sex, pregnancy, and safe sex.

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