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December 7, 2012

Miss. gov tells teens to avoid early parenthood


Jackson, MS —

LaKesha Pollard, a teacher at Powell Middle School in Jackson, said the abstinence-plus courses are giving students important health information.
"I've been teaching for 11 years, and I've seen fifth-graders, sixth-graders — I've even seen fourth graders that got pregnant," Powell said.
Kameisha Smith, a 17-year-old from Holmes County, says young people need to be fully informed about birth control. She said 6th graders have become pregnant in her community.
"I'm not a teen parent but at the same time, my mother had me while she was a teen and we've not had the discussion about sex," Smith said.

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