GREEN FOREST, Ark. (AP) - Reacting to news that 14 girls were pregnant or already had babies, the Green Forest School Board voted unanimously to add six days of sex education this term.
The board approved the abstinance-based classes Tuesday for students in sixth and seventh grade. The classes were scheduled to start Wednesday. They'll be taught by the nonprofit group Reality Check Inc., which is based in Lowell.
The pregnancies occurred among 280 female students in grades six through 12. That's a pregnancy ratio of 1 out of every 20 girls in those grades. School nurse Lana Boggs says also a fifth-grader had a "pregnancy scare."
Information from: Harrison Daily Times, http://www.harrisondaily.com