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New Lowell home gives teen moms room to grow

There are 21 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Jul 6, 2008, titled New Lowell home gives teen moms room to grow. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Every afternoon, Priscilla Sullivan watches the high-school girls step off the bus and trickle into the garage that she and her and her co-workers use as their office.

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LaTonya RoBinson

Cincinnati, OH

#1 Jul 19, 2008
May God Bless You, I once was a teen Mom and i only wish that i was in a program like this. i struggle @ the age of 14 trying to rise my son, But god brung me threw, Now that i am 34, my dream is to open up a Home for mother like this. So Please with all Honors keep up the Good work
Rocket j Squirrel

Dunlap, TN

#2 Jul 27, 2008
perhaps ankle cuffs to keep their legs closed would be more appropriate!
Bugs Bunny

Salem, MA

#3 Jul 27, 2008
Another give away program for illiterate teen morons. When will this crap end.
rainydaywoman43

Acton, MA

#4 Jul 27, 2008
teen morons that get pregnant on purpose so that they can be like all their friends. it ll be so fun. stop making it so easy on them and they may just think twice about having a baby, in that tiny little brain they got in there somewhere.

“...first the spankings...”

Since: Jul 08

Not YOUR Uptight Rich Suburb

#5 Jul 28, 2008
LaTonya RoBinson wrote:
May God Bless You, I once was a teen Mom and i only wish that i was in a program like this. i struggle @ the age of 14 trying to rise my son, But god brung me threw, Now that i am 34, my dream is to open up a Home for mother like this. So Please with all Honors keep up the Good work
A GED or college diploma might have been more appropriate. I was a teen mother also - I used student loans to pay my way through college to fund a better life. No community housing, no food stamps, no welfare payments. The most help I got was sliding fee housing and daycare, both of which were filled with prime examples of why I never, ever wanted to live that life for any longer than I was forced to. A program like this may have just made me more complacent, glad I didn't have it.

As for ankle cuffs - I was married before I got pregnant.
jon

Boston, MA

#6 Jul 28, 2008
or underwear made from barbed wire might work
hank

Tewksbury, MA

#7 Jul 28, 2008
Hank wants to hear more about the cuffs and barbed wire.
Lowellian Lifer

United States

#8 Jul 29, 2008
What about the boys? When are they going to be accountable for their actions? It's always all about the bad girls...
Wondering

Walpole, MA

#9 Jul 29, 2008
Lowellian Lifer wrote:
What about the boys? When are they going to be accountable for their actions? It's always all about the bad girls...
Finally, a voice of reason. I don't know why these girls aren't getting help from their families but I'm glad they have a place to go.

When I was a teen all the boys talked about was scoring. At that age the juices are flowing, infatuation is thought to be love. It's hard to criticize a girl who got pregnant because we know their was a boy involved. These days, you would think that kids would be more careful. All kinds of things to prevent pregnancy and the diseases that you can get can kill you. Any of you guys that want to handcuff someones knees together just stop and think if you had or wanted teen sex. When I was a lad I know I did.

Since: Oct 07

Stoneham, MA

#10 Jul 29, 2008
I also agree that the boys never seem to be held accountable for their actions. I think that is pretty rediculous.

I know when I was a teen, I held off on having sex for a bit because of Health class in school. I was convinced I was going to contract an illness and my package would fall off. I think I may have used two condoms "just in case" during my first time.
Spike

Middleton, MA

#11 Jul 29, 2008
Whoever,or whatever the reason is,its not societies problem.

The problem lies with the "mommy",and "daddy"! Not me, and my pocketbook!

Since: Oct 07

Stoneham, MA

#12 Jul 29, 2008
Spike wrote:
Whoever,or whatever the reason is,its not societies problem.
The problem lies with the "mommy",and "daddy"! Not me, and my pocketbook!
I find myself agreeing with this point. Which is why I think family is so important. I see a situation like this being one where the family should get together and help out. Sometimes it feels like there are so many options out there families get a chance to eschew their responsibilities.
Wondering

Walpole, MA

#13 Jul 29, 2008
Spike wrote:
Whoever,or whatever the reason is,its not societies problem.
The problem lies with the "mommy",and "daddy"! Not me, and my pocketbook!
Define society.Here's what the dictionary calls it:
an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization.

Maybe there is no mom and dad.
Spike

Middleton, MA

#14 Jul 29, 2008
Wondering wrote:
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Define society.Here's what the dictionary calls it:
an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization.
Maybe there is no mom and dad.
Lets not complicate this anymore than is necessary
craic

Raleigh, NC

#15 Jul 29, 2008
The boys will pay for these girls nails to be done, going out with other boys, new high end clothes. The money never goes to the children. It is called child support not mommy support.
It is a two way street, neither are innocent.
craic

Raleigh, NC

#16 Jul 29, 2008
Stop making excuses for bad behavior!
It's their home life, school life, social status, where they live, how they live, blah blah blah.
There are no repercussions to their actions, boys or girls. The state will take care of me.
I can have some kids, get sect. 8, free food, free health care and drive a BMW.No problem.
That is the problem
zpsych00

Grand Forks, ND

#17 Aug 4, 2008
but it is society's problem...what do you suppose those innocent babies that these "moron" teens, as you like to call them, become? The innocent children are raised in disfunctional environments and taught to repeat the same behaviors and poor judgement. I've been a foster parent for 6 years and have seen the generational neglect and abuse that follows these children. I'm currently raising a toddler of a young girl I had in foster care. Do I want to raise another child at my age...hell no, but do I want to stop the cycle and perhaps help teach this little girl to keep her legs together and get an education and to have a higher level of self esteem? Damn right I do. And as for the excuses...they are merely explanations not JUSTIFICATION...Every action has a consequense and an accountability attached. We need to design programs that make these teens take responsibility but without turning out backs completely. Too many Archie Bunkers in this world...No body should get a free ride, but at least give them the tools to change.
zpsych00

Grand Forks, ND

#18 Aug 4, 2008
One more thing Spike, you're paying for it one way or the other so you might as well support social programs that actually have a positive impact and don't just GIVE it all for free. Become a mentor, take an interest in what your community has to offer. I'll admit there are some programs that are throwing money away but there are also some that work. Find out which ones deserve your support and get involved. Being ignorant about it and protecting your precious pocketbook isn't doing anyone any good. Not really!

Since: Sep 07

Lowell

#19 Aug 4, 2008
hank wrote:
Hank wants to hear more about the cuffs and barbed wire.
Hank will never change...
hank

Portland, ME

#20 Aug 4, 2008
Miss_Lakeey wrote:
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Hank will never change...
Hank feels so misunderstood

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