I decided to delete this post. There were only a few responses where posters touched on the deep issues of teen responsibility and respect that I was attempting to start a conversation about. Also the jumping to unwarranted conclusions was something to watch! Speaking of being judgmental, I accept the drubbing you all are giving me, I can take it like a woman, but aren't you all also judging?
The girl has been treated only with kindness by the church community, which is a liberal Christian, and her parents are wonderful people who raised a brat. Her parents are taking care of her. She will grow.
They have been completely open about what's going on. It isn't "gossip" to discuss issues that impact other people's children in a community where values are the glue.
My actual concern here is the younger teens watching this, two who may be on similar paths. There is some evidence that teens watch what goes on, and when their community accepts a behavior, it becomes normalized and then repeated.
I don't have a problem with teen mothers - suspect most women until the past couple of centuries were teen mothers.
Edited by 7thDaughter - 3/3/12 at 11:41am