Editor’s note: The following letter to the editor was written by a seventh-graders at West Middle School in Muscatine as part of an assignment in which they were asked to research a topic and form an opinion. Ten of these letters were chosen for publication.

Dear citizens of Muscatine:

Some teenagers get pregnant at a young age. So I think teens should have a parenting class that they are required to take in high school. They can learn a lot of things and be prepared for when they have a child.

Teens should be required to take parenting classes because if they babysit, they know what to do if something goes wrong. For example, if the baby or little kid cries, they know what to do. They learn how to change diapers and also learn how to feed babies.

If teens have a baby at a young age, they will need help with the child. Teens learn that it’s not as easy as they may think it is. They will most likely struggle with school and their education. The baby could die during pregnancy.

While teenagers have a fake baby to take care of during parenting class or a real baby that they might have, they know how hard it is to be a parent. An option would be to put the baby up for adoption. It would be hard to go to school and take care of the baby. They would probably have to get a job to support the baby.

Teens should be required to take parenting classes to learn a little bit of what it’s like to be a parent. Teens will learn that it is not as easy as it may seem.

Sincerely,

Delaney Vasquez

WMS seventh-grader