12-year-old schoolgirl gives birth

12-year-old schoolgirl gives birth

12-year-old schoolgirl gives birth

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A 12-YEAR-OLD schoolgirl and her 13-year-old boyfriend are believed to have become Britain's youngest parents.

She became pregnant at the age of 11 and gave birth to a girl weighing 7lb 4oz on Sunday. Being 12 years and three months old makes her five months younger than the previous youngest mother, Tressa Middleton, who gave birth in Edinburgh in 2006, according to The Sun.

A source told the newspaper: "The baby's mum and dad have been in a relationship for more than a year, so this isn't a fleeting romance. They intend to stick together and bring their daughter up together.

"They're very into each other, totally in love. She's in Year 7, he's in Year 9 at a different school."

April Webster and Nathan Fishbourne, the previous youngest parents, were 14 when their son Jamie was born in Caerphilly, South Wales, in 2010.

The new mother was 10 when she met her boyfriend. The pair, from north London, cannot be named for legal reasons. The schoolgirl lives with her mother, who is 27, and is supportive of the couple.

Yesterday, the new mother went to a register office to register the birth with her own mother and another woman.

Her classmates were "shocked" when they heard she had had a baby as she did not look pregnant right up until last month when she was still going to school, the Sun was told.

Hilary Pannack, chief executive of teenage pregnancy charity Straight Talking, said: "I know girls who've been pregnant at 13 and have had the baby, and I've heard of 12-year-olds before.

"It costs £100,000 to the taxpayer to support the average teenage mother in the first five years - it is a reason but is not the primary reason to stop teenage pregnancy, which is that we are talking about young people's lives.

"We need to stop the cycle of teenage parents having children who are more likely to become teenage parents themselves."

On youngsters having sex at such an early age, she said: "In the same way that young people understand how to smoke a cigarette, they may not necessarily be concerned with the implications. They do not necessarily think they could get cancer, they think they are immortal and it will not happen to them.They just do not understand the implications of early parenthood and they do not understand the responsibilities.

"It is not the end of their lives but they will be dependent on their parents for a long time and the state in the future because they do not have the qualifications and they may not stay together."

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10:42pm Wed 16 Apr 14

VoiceOfDaPort says...

A grandma at 27, wowzers
A grandma at 27, wowzers VoiceOfDaPort
  • Score: 9

9:00am Thu 17 Apr 14

Sally121 says...

Another local news story, NOT !
Another local news story, NOT ! Sally121
  • Score: -2

10:23am Thu 17 Apr 14

Mervyn James says...

It is listed under 'UK' news, not 'local' news, so a fair posting. I've often wondered why the Argus bothers with non-welsh, non-Gwent/Wales news myself, possibly Gwent/Wales hasn't enough news to fill the pages, I know a reason much welsh TV output on BBC Wales and ITV Wales were dropped for the same reason. Despite the critics I still think S4C covers Wales and its people more in depth. And as it is accessible via subtitles we an ll follow it. I recall asking Kevin here if a 'Gwent TV station' was viable he thought not. I'd like to see 'local TV' myself. There is nothing stopping anyone having a go at it for free using youtube as a platform, after all the WAG does.
It is listed under 'UK' news, not 'local' news, so a fair posting. I've often wondered why the Argus bothers with non-welsh, non-Gwent/Wales news myself, possibly Gwent/Wales hasn't enough news to fill the pages, I know a reason much welsh TV output on BBC Wales and ITV Wales were dropped for the same reason. Despite the critics I still think S4C covers Wales and its people more in depth. And as it is accessible via subtitles we an ll follow it. I recall asking Kevin here if a 'Gwent TV station' was viable he thought not. I'd like to see 'local TV' myself. There is nothing stopping anyone having a go at it for free using youtube as a platform, after all the WAG does. Mervyn James
  • Score: -6

10:36am Thu 17 Apr 14

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

To clarify, this is a story from our UK News section.
While we have this section online, we do not have it in print and this has been the case for more than two years.
Therefore, Mervyn, you can rest assured we are not filling the pages of the paper with non-Gwent news.
Indeed, there is now more local news in the print version of the Argus than ever before - an average of 100 pieces of local news, sport and information every day.
To clarify, this is a story from our UK News section. While we have this section online, we do not have it in print and this has been the case for more than two years. Therefore, Mervyn, you can rest assured we are not filling the pages of the paper with non-Gwent news. Indeed, there is now more local news in the print version of the Argus than ever before - an average of 100 pieces of local news, sport and information every day. Kevin Ward - Editor
  • Score: 6

12:01pm Thu 17 Apr 14

-trigg- says...

The parents of both of these children should surely be charged with neglect. By allowing this situation to arise in the first place they have not only risked harming the health of the young mother and baby but have also allowed them to become exposed to emotional damage that they are simply not mature enough to process.

The 27 year old grandmother has obviously failed to learn from her own mistakes and this misery will now be inflicted on the next generation
The parents of both of these children should surely be charged with neglect. By allowing this situation to arise in the first place they have not only risked harming the health of the young mother and baby but have also allowed them to become exposed to emotional damage that they are simply not mature enough to process. The 27 year old grandmother has obviously failed to learn from her own mistakes and this misery will now be inflicted on the next generation -trigg-
  • Score: 22

1:34pm Thu 17 Apr 14

throwy1 says...

Unfortunately most comments including my own a basically closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.
However we do have a situation where a male under 16 had sex with a female under 16, the net result should be both are charged with having underage sex and both should be put on the Sex offenders Register.
Unfortunately most comments including my own a basically closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. However we do have a situation where a male under 16 had sex with a female under 16, the net result should be both are charged with having underage sex and both should be put on the Sex offenders Register. throwy1
  • Score: 25

6:50pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Mervyn James says...

throwy1 wrote:
Unfortunately most comments including my own a basically closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.
However we do have a situation where a male under 16 had sex with a female under 16, the net result should be both are charged with having underage sex and both should be put on the Sex offenders Register.
Both parents have supported the child and told everyone she hasn't done anything wrong and they are proud of her, and the 13yr old 'Is a nice boy..." (Also a rapist in legal terms !). It's tantamount to endorsement. Because the lad is under age he cannot be named either, we need a law change, the child act wasn't designed to endorse rape.
[quote][p][bold]throwy1[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately most comments including my own a basically closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. However we do have a situation where a male under 16 had sex with a female under 16, the net result should be both are charged with having underage sex and both should be put on the Sex offenders Register.[/p][/quote]Both parents have supported the child and told everyone she hasn't done anything wrong and they are proud of her, and the 13yr old 'Is a nice boy..." (Also a rapist in legal terms !). It's tantamount to endorsement. Because the lad is under age he cannot be named either, we need a law change, the child act wasn't designed to endorse rape. Mervyn James
  • Score: 6

8:02pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Dai Rear says...

Mervyn James wrote:
It is listed under 'UK' news, not 'local' news, so a fair posting. I've often wondered why the Argus bothers with non-welsh, non-Gwent/Wales news myself, possibly Gwent/Wales hasn't enough news to fill the pages, I know a reason much welsh TV output on BBC Wales and ITV Wales were dropped for the same reason. Despite the critics I still think S4C covers Wales and its people more in depth. And as it is accessible via subtitles we an ll follow it. I recall asking Kevin here if a 'Gwent TV station' was viable he thought not. I'd like to see 'local TV' myself. There is nothing stopping anyone having a go at it for free using youtube as a platform, after all the WAG does.
Would "5 generations in 70 years in the Gurnos" be a compelling headline Merv? I think everyone knows that anyway.
Anyway we keep carrying that lot, don't we?
[quote][p][bold]Mervyn James[/bold] wrote: It is listed under 'UK' news, not 'local' news, so a fair posting. I've often wondered why the Argus bothers with non-welsh, non-Gwent/Wales news myself, possibly Gwent/Wales hasn't enough news to fill the pages, I know a reason much welsh TV output on BBC Wales and ITV Wales were dropped for the same reason. Despite the critics I still think S4C covers Wales and its people more in depth. And as it is accessible via subtitles we an ll follow it. I recall asking Kevin here if a 'Gwent TV station' was viable he thought not. I'd like to see 'local TV' myself. There is nothing stopping anyone having a go at it for free using youtube as a platform, after all the WAG does.[/p][/quote]Would "5 generations in 70 years in the Gurnos" be a compelling headline Merv? I think everyone knows that anyway. Anyway we keep carrying that lot, don't we? Dai Rear
  • Score: -1

11:07am Fri 18 Apr 14

Mervyn James says...

It's still welsh news. I couldn't give a hoot for what happens in Dover or Lowestoft frankly, and Westminster is in the tabloids/TV every day, so I don't know why the Argus covers it all again. I am surprised someone hasn't picked up the format lol as 'UK' News is listed as different to 'Gwent' News (But, nice one Kevin, that's telling them...)

We should be doing more coverage of our own government and welsh medias and people and less emphasis on what Happens inEngland, I buy the Argus daily because I don't WANT to read what happens there, I live here. My TV set or the net will tell me the rest. I feel sure the sister English papers of the Argus don't print 'Gwent news' or even welsh news in their papers. So why are we covering theirs ?
It's still welsh news. I couldn't give a hoot for what happens in Dover or Lowestoft frankly, and Westminster is in the tabloids/TV every day, so I don't know why the Argus covers it all again. I am surprised someone hasn't picked up the format lol as 'UK' News is listed as different to 'Gwent' News (But, nice one Kevin, that's telling them...) We should be doing more coverage of our own government and welsh medias and people and less emphasis on what Happens inEngland, I buy the Argus daily because I don't WANT to read what happens there, I live here. My TV set or the net will tell me the rest. I feel sure the sister English papers of the Argus don't print 'Gwent news' or even welsh news in their papers. So why are we covering theirs ? Mervyn James
  • Score: 2

11:26am Sat 19 Apr 14

displayed says...

A 12-YEAR-OLD schoolgirl and her 13-year-old boyfriend are believed to have become Britain's youngest parents.

Ah, aint that cute, makes u feel all warm an cosy inside!

The word parent obvously doesnt apply to the people who brought these breeding kids into the world.
A 12-YEAR-OLD schoolgirl and her 13-year-old boyfriend are believed to have become Britain's youngest parents. Ah, aint that cute, makes u feel all warm an cosy inside! The word parent obvously doesnt apply to the people who brought these breeding kids into the world. displayed
  • Score: 3

5:53pm Tue 22 Apr 14

brynglas says...

throwy1 wrote:
Unfortunately most comments including my own a basically closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.
However we do have a situation where a male under 16 had sex with a female under 16, the net result should be both are charged with having underage sex and both should be put on the Sex offenders Register.
@throwy1 What possible benefit would there be in criminalizing these kids? Deterence for others? What nonsense!
Save the money that would be wasted on the police, CPS, courts etc and provide better targeted sex and sexual health education, which is clearly lacking.
[quote][p][bold]throwy1[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately most comments including my own a basically closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. However we do have a situation where a male under 16 had sex with a female under 16, the net result should be both are charged with having underage sex and both should be put on the Sex offenders Register.[/p][/quote]@throwy1 What possible benefit would there be in criminalizing these kids? Deterence for others? What nonsense! Save the money that would be wasted on the police, CPS, courts etc and provide better targeted sex and sexual health education, which is clearly lacking. brynglas
  • Score: 3

4:17pm Tue 29 Apr 14

The_Legend says...

Being Welsh they are probably all from the same family anyway.
Being Welsh they are probably all from the same family anyway. The_Legend
  • Score: 3

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