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Old 11-28-2015, 10:57 AM
 
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That happened once when I was a counselor! The child was 12 as well, and her story basically implied a rape. I was out of my element on this one. She told her friends she was pregnant and they all wanted to kill the boy who "raped" her, except she didn't know who it was. She was afraid to tell her parents. Well, we knew her home situation and her parents would NEVER have let her go to a party (as she said she did) alone. She had some mental health issues and this was the first year she was even being allowed to go to school (mostly because it was a really small school). So we questioned further and she didn't even know how babies were made, so she couldn't describe what happened. Then she made it sound like she was sleeping. We talked with her parents and it turns out nothing of the sort happened. She later texted friends that she had killed herself (yes, that she HAD done it, past tense). She had lots of issues.

I thought that was odd, but she had mental health issues to start with. I didn't realize it was possibly common, but I do remember having a friend when I was 13 who said she was pregnant but no baby ever came. I don't know if she got an abortion, but she went on and on about the pregnancy for a month and then just stopped mentioning it.

Tweens/teens are so dramatic to start with, and they often make up things to impress their friends (usually revolving around sex or relationships), but I don't know how common it is to extend that to a pregnancy. It wouldn't surprise me if there were more, with shows like "teen pregnancy" getting attention in the media. I know for many teen/tween girls, the idea of having a baby to have "someone to love/someone to love me" is big and I wonder if that impacts the decision to make up stories like this.

I'm interested in what others have experienced. I've only had one case of this, and she was pretty easy to figure out. Interesting question!
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