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          Teen Girls in the News

          January 19, 2012

          On New Year’s Eve, 18-year-old Sarah McKinley shot and killed an intruder in her home to protect the life of her 3-month-old son. And, Gaby, 18, faked her pregnancy as a senior project to shed light on stereotypes about teen moms. Meet these extraordinary teens who recently made headlines.

          A Brave New Mom
          Some people call Sarah, 18, a hero after she took the law into her own hands on New Year’s Eve. Sarah shot and killed an intruder in her home to protect the life of her 3-month-old son. Just one week after losing her husband, the young mom kept her cool while barricading the doors, calling 911, putting a bottle in her baby’s mouth and loading two weapons.

          “I feel that Justin Martin was definitely stalking me for some time.”

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          A Controversial Senior Project
          When straight-A high school student Gaby, then 17, told everyone she was pregnant, the news shocked her family, friends and teachers. Six months later, she revealed an even bigger surprise — she faked the entire pregnancy for a school project.

          “I did this project because I would see a lot of teen mothers labeled as failures.”
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          • The Pregnancy Project
            by Gaby Rodriguez
          • The film, The Pregnancy Project, can be seen on Lifetime, January 28, 2012, 8:00PM ET/PT

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