1. Various exteriors of the Gloucester High School building
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Christopher Farmer, Gloucester High School Superintendent:
"What we did know was there was a group of female students who were being tested for pregnancy on a regular basis, which would suggest that they were not taking steps to avoid becoming pregnant, and that when some of them have their babies, they appear to be very pleased about it and some measure of celebration."
3. Pan from stone sign to wide of school
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Christopher Farmer, Gloucester High School Superintendent:
"I would imagine that if they were pregnant together that they would be supporting one another. As I say, I have no evidence that there was a pact."
5. Pan to school sign
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rebecca MacDougal, Gloucester High School Senior:
"I feel that teachers at Gloucester have been working hard, and many of the students have worked hard, but a lot of that isn't being publicised, and now Gloucester is known for the pregnancies going on, and so I feel that it's just given a negative view on the whole school and Gloucester as well."
7. Wide shot of the city's waterfront
8. Wide shot of the harbour and a man fishing
9. Pan of harbour and fishing boat
10. Tight shot of baby's face
11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Alycia Mazzeo, Teenage mother at Gloucester High School ++she was not part of the alleged pact++
"I feel sad because I don't think that they completely understand the depth of it, and I don't think they see the other side when the baby is crying from cholic at 3 am, but I guess they will soon."
12. Tight shot of a local newspaper headline reading ( English) "School day-care won't be able to serve influx of tots"
13. Tight pan of same newspaper headline
A group of girls showed up repeatedly at a high school's health clinic earlier this year, asking for pregnancy tests, in the town of Gloucester in the US state of Massachusetts.
What was puzzling was their reactions when the test results came back - signs of jubilation if the tests were positive, long faces if they weren't.
School officials in Gloucester say 17 girls, four times the usual number, became pregnant this year.
But what's even more disturbing is that some of the girls may have made a pact to have babies and raise them together.
The school's principal, Joseph Sullivan, was quoted by Time magazine this week as saying the girls confessed to making such a pact.
Sullivan was unavailable for comment on Friday, but the school's superintendent, Christopher Farmer, said he had no independent confirmation of a pact but confirmed "there was a group of students being tested for pregnancy on a regular basis."
All the girls were said be 16 years of age or younger and nearly all of them Grade 10 students.
The superintendent said the girls had been reluctant to identify the fathers.
City and school officials in this town of about 30,000 people, 30 miles (48 kilometres) north of Boston, have been struggling for months to explain and deal with the pregnancies, where on average only four girls a year at the
1,200-student high school become pregnant.
Just last month, two officials at the high school health centre resigned to protest at the local hospital's refusal to support a proposal to distribute contraceptives to youngsters at the school without parental consent.
The hospital controls the clinic's funding.
Gloucester - a heavily Roman Catholic town with a large Italian and Portuguese population - has long been supportive of teenage mothers.
The high school has a day care centre for students and employees, but local newspapers said the centre would be unable to cope with the influx of new babies.
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