Parents are blaming the teachers; at least one health official is blaming the parents. But no matter how many fingers are pointed, it doesn't change the fact that there are seven young teen girls who went on a five-day school trip to Sarajevo and then reportedly came back pregnant, the InSerbia Network Foundation reports. Twenty-eight schoolgirls from Banja Luka went to the Bosnia-Herzegovina capital to sightsee and museum-hop; shortly after the girls got back home, it was discovered that seven of them (said to be ages 13 and 14) were with child. Parents are enraged and asking what kind of adult supervision was provided on the trip, the Daily Mail reports, but Nenad Babici, the national coordinator for reproductive health, has a different take.
Parental "neglect" is partly responsible for what happened to the girls, Babici tells InSerbia, as well as inadequate sex ed in the schools. InSerbia's report doesn't specify when the trip happened (it's a little light on specifics in general), but it relays a stat from the Clinical Center of the University in Sarajevo, which reports 31 girls between ages 15 and 17 (older than the students in question) gave birth last year. "It is obvious that children do not have enough of health education, so they engage in such activities, not knowing the consequences," a Serbian gynecologist tells InSerbia. "It must not be allowed that [the] street teaches children about intimate matters, and that they are later slapped by life." (Read more Sarajevo stories.)