The Spears are at it again - Jaya Franklin

The Spears family has recently publicized more drama in their dysfunctional family.

Jamie Lynn Spears, 16, has announced that she is pregnant.

Whoopee!!! How many other 16-year olds are pregnant? Britney Spears, Jamie Lynn's sister, is a major celebrity. She's been in the news for several negative things year, such as getting her two children taken away from her.

Jamie Lynn has managed to create a name for herself as well. She has her own show on Nickelodeon, which is a great accomplishment at her age, or any age, as a matter of fact. But despite her accomplishments, her latest announcement has just made her another statistic.

When I first found out about this on TV, I wasn't shocked. But one thing that irritated me is the fact that Jamie Lynn is not married and probably hasn't completed high school. The story about her pregnancy is being promoted in the media like it's a huge accomplishment or something.

Everyone is talking about the incident like it's no big deal that this girl is 16 years old and pregnant. Now, true enough I have heard of 12-and 13-year-olds giving birth. But the fact that this girl is a constantly in the spotlight makes her situation so much more critical. Now, some teens and younger girls may think that it's perfectly fine to get pregnant at a young age.

But, the truth is, Jamie Lynn has just basically encouraged her followers to be irresponsible. Some entertainment news shows have even done profiles on her boyfriend and everything. I even heard that the Disney Channel is considering airing a special episode about teen pregnancy.

Why did it take Jamie Lynn to get pregnant for everyone to, all of a sudden, show an interest in teen pregnancy? In one of her statements to an entertainment news show, she said that she was completely surprised when she took the home pregnancy test, and so was her boyfriend.

It's pretty clear to me that if you have unprotected sex, most likely you're going to get pregnant.

The fact that Jamie Lynn is pregnant is much worse than a local teen announcing that she is pregnant. Kids look up to her, some are her age and others are younger. If their parents don't educate them on the bad decision that this teen has made, they may make an effort to do the same thing.

Another thing to consider is, nine times out of ten, Jamie Lynn probably won't have to raise this child all alone, like most teens -- even if the father does decide to vanish.

She'll probably have a nanny, and most of the time she will be too involved with her career to take care of the baby on a daily basis. This is unrealistic for non-famous teens in today's society.

Most likely, they will need assistance from their parents and the state. What about school? When a person has a baby, teenager or not, it's no longer about you, it's all about that child. Everything you do and don't do,in one way or another, will affect that child.

So, I really hope that parents take the time out to educate their children, and I hope children who look up to Jamie Lynn will make a better decision than she did.

Jaya Franklin covers government for the Henry Daily Herald. She can be reached via e-mail at jfranklin@henryherald.com.