GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

Latest Cape Ann News

June 25, 2008

Gloucester: One teen mother's story

Wary of the challenges facing a 17-year-old mother, Gloucester High School sophomore Brianne Mackey's first reaction to learning she was pregnant last fall was to throw the plastic home pregnancy test kit in the trash.

"I was scared," Mackey said yesterday while holding Karlee, her 17-day-old infant girl. "It was an accident that I got pregnant. I cried and battled with what to do for weeks."

Mackey's reaction to the news she was pregnant, confirmed by a second test performed at the high school health clinic days later, contrasts with news reports about high-fives and exclamations from students celebrating the news they had were moms-to-be.

Unlike the joyous reaction some officials have said came from some girls when they received positive results, Mackey said the days following her positive test included meetings with her parents and the high school's student assistance program and hours of agonizing debate about what to do next.

Ultimately, Mackey said she couldn't stand the thought of having an abortion or putting her child up for adoption and decided to go through with the pregnancy.

"I never could imagine putting her up for adoption," Mackey said. "Of walking down the street and seeing kids and not knowing if it were mine."

Mackey said she had been taking birth control pills, but something must have gone wrong.

With summer vacation underway and her newborn baby, for now, quietly sleeping for much of the day, Mackey knows the challenges of being a teen mom have just begun.

To support his new daughter, Mackey's boyfriend of two years, Michael Mitchell, is working as a lobsterman and at a local bait supplier. Mitchell, also 17, graduated from Gloucester High School earlier this month and said that he is doing everything he can to support the new family.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest Cape Ann News

Pictures of the Week
Your news, your way
Comments Tracker
AP Video Network
Johnson: Six Arrests, No Tear Gas in Ferguson Raw: Rescue, Relief Efforts at Japan Landslide Cadavers, a Teen, and a Medical School Dream Raw: Woman Escorted From Ferguson Protests California Drought Stings Honeybees, Beekeepers Officer Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Suspended Holder Hopes to Bring Calm to Ferguson Today in History August 21 Holder Pledges Top Investigators for Ferguson US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed Manfred, Torre and MLB Take Ice Bucket Challenge Bank of America Reaches Record $17B Settlement Holder Reassures Ferguson Community With Visit GlobalPost CEO Remembers Foley As a Brave Man Seth Meyers Rolls Out Emmy Red Carpet Obama: World Is Appalled by Murder of Journalist Israel, Militants Trade Fire After Talks Fail Pres. George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge Pierce Brosnan's Call to Join the Expendables Changes Coming to No-Fly List