Meet Alexis Pearson, a 15-year-old Fairview High School sophomore, who was just 14-years-old when she found out she was pregnant. Pearson had been on the birth control pill, and one day just decided not to take it anymore.. Never imagining she would end up a teen mom. "I knew if you were sexually active you could get pregnant.. Honestly, I didn't think it could happen (snaps fingers) that fast," she says.
And Pearson is not alone. According to the results of a study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of the 5,000 teenage mothers who participated in the study, had not used birth control, and a third of those say they thought, even though they were sexually active, it wouldn't, or couldn't, happen to them.
Fairview High School Principal David McKay says, "The issue is denial.. And it's not going to happen to me." 20% of these girls say they did use birth control on and off.. 13% say they didn't because it was pretty hard to come by and a shocking 25% say they didn't at all because their partners pressured them not to.
In addition to mandated sex-ed programs at California high schools, Fairview High School principal McKay says being there for the teens is crucial. "We try to establish authentic, real relationships with the kids.. So that if students are at a crossroads.. there's someone here a student can talk to," he says.
Regardless of their reasoning for not using birth control, even one time, young mothers like Pearson have a responsibility for the rest of their lives. She says, "It changed my life a lot. I'm not out, going with my friends, spending the night."
And now Pearson says, she has a much different message when it comes to safe sex. "If you're going to be sexually active.. I'd say, go get on birth control. But try and wait. Don't rush your life."