I was the one who pulled that kid off her. We talked about what healthy family life could look like. I didn't have a perfect home, but I had two college educated parents that did their best. She said she wanted that for her future child, but instead, chose to do things the way many people around her including her own mother did.
I was upset because I felt like I saw her future slipping away. Many days she would come to my class (which she was no longer in) crying and asking what was going to happen to her. She vocally blamed me for not doing enough to help and change her path. I still carry quite a bit of guilt about it. I feel like I failed her.
She's doing fine now and has a plan for her future, but at the time, it only looked like doom to me.
The crazy thing is she was just the first of many that told me the were pregnant later. Within a week I had 5 new pregnant girls. A year later, they had there kids and I have a few more. It's a cycle I tried and failed to break. Here's to better luck in 2016.
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