President Obama Endorses a Day for Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Posted on Wed, May 06, 2009 @ 05:53 AM
teen pregnancy prevention

Today (May 6) is America's National Day to Prevent Teen pregnancy. Mind you, lest there be any confusion, no one is saying the problem is going to be solved in a day. So why have a day at all? Don't we have enough 'Hallmark days' on the calendar as it is?

It's trendy these days for bloggers and twitterers to greet every new commemoration with that very question in petulant chorus, but the fact is that when media coordinate to focus on an issue in unison it does make a strong, positive impact on public awareness and involvement. 

This year, which marks the 8th annual commemoration of this day, the official Web site of the non-partisan National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy displays a letter from President Obama, who obviously considered the topic important enough to warrant his recognition. After acknowledging the risks and challenges presented by America's high rates of teen pregnancy and pledging his support for combined community efforts, President Obama had this to add:

We must also remember that, as parents, mentors and friends, we have a responsibility to be involved in the lives of our children and talk to them about teen pregnancy.

How do parents talk to their children about this important issue? Bill Albert of the National Campaign offers some practical tips in "Teens, Parents and Teen Parents." More information can also be found at the National Campaign's sister site,

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Germany Mourns Teen Gunman's Victims

Posted on Thu, Mar 12, 2009 @ 03:28 PM
Conflicting reports surface regarding posting in online chatroom

A chatroom post seemed to suggest that troubled teen Tim Kretschmer had confided his plans to another teen nearly seven hours before killing 15 classmates and bystanders yesterday, but officials are now skeptical of the posting.

A local German official quoted the chatroom message as saying, in part: "I've had enough. Always the same. Everybody's laughing at me. No one sees my potential. I'm serious. I have weapons and I will go to my former school in the morning . . . you will hear of me tomorrow. Remember the place's name: Winnenden."

Whether the apparent message actually came from Kretschmer or was posted after the fact is still under investigation. No record of it is apparent on the gunman's personal computer.

Eight of the nine students killed in the shooting were girls and all three teachers were women, but it is not known whether this circumstance was intentional. After fleeing to the nearby downtown area, Kretschmer shot three adult males before turning his gun on himself.

Some early news reports say Kretschmer was known to have good relationships with his parents and younger sister, while other sources add that he "enjoyed grisly horror movies and violent 'shoot-em-up' computer games."

According to Reuters', Kretschmer had been treated for depression until dropping his treatment in September of last year.

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