As the younger sister of Britney, 16 year old Jamie Lynn announced she’s pregnant. She’s the star of Zoey 101. Among the responses, one parent chooses to lie: “I’m telling the kids "Zoey101" has been canceled. I hope Nickelodeon does the right thing and cancels the show. She is a role model for young girls. Looks like she's following in the footsteps of her sister.” (CNN)
Christian publisher Thomas Nelson put Lynne Spears’ parenting book on hold. She’s the mother of Brittney and Zoey. Ahh yeah, ya think? That like a Jeffery Dahmer cookbook!
I all seriousness, this is really very sad. There are real people behind the fame and tabloid stories. In fact one is not even born yet. I applaud 1 year old Jamie for deciding to have this baby but her influence on other young girls is cause for alarm.
In an article published on TV Guide website an 18 year old Carly Schmand writes, "I am not judging her for her choices; I think that it is perfectly acceptable to have premarital sex."
Well Carly your attitude is exactly the reason why children end up having children. She continues, "society needs to realize that all kids make mistakes. Some just happen to be a little more life changing than others." Well that's an understatement.
"The only thing I have to say to Jamie Lynn is that she needs to take responsibility for her actions, because if she wants to continue to be a role model, she needs to prove that she can learn and grow from her mistakes. If not, I suggest, Jamie Lynn, that the next time you plan on having sex, you should invest in some birth control, [like making] sure your boyfriend buys a condom." opines Carly.
We now have multiple generations who have bought that lie that Carly just passed on. Not to mention she has just said it's "perfectly acceptable"to commit a crime. I'll get to that in a minute.
There is so much more then just a resulting baby to worry about. You have given away what belongs to your spouse, even if you have met that person yet. I can run through a thousand medical problems, emotional trauma and a loss of self worth in exchange for temporary pleasure. Not to mention children living in broken homes and having no clue as to what marriage or a real relationship is supposed to be.
Spears should have know better. One report says the father to be (like it or not) Casey Aldridge first meet Spears at Church. Well that teaching didn't stick!
Back to the criminal part. Casey Aldridge is 19 and Jamie is 16. If the baby was conceived in Spears' home state of Louisiana, the act could technically be considered "felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile" - defined as "sexual intercourse with consent between someone age 19 or older and someone between age 12 and 17".
But it's probable that this all took place in California. In that case I still have bad news for daddy. It states clearly in the Californian Penal Code that any person who engages in an act of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor (under 18) who is not more than three years older or three years younger than the perpetrator, is guilty of a misdemeanour and faces up to one year in a county jail. If Aldridge is actually more than three years older he could be up for a felony, which carries a maximum three years in prison.
Chances are unless a complaint is filed by Jamie's parents nothing will happen. Casey, you might want to be very nice to the Spears family.
Who's to blame in all this? It's not for me to decide. All I know is something is tragically wrong and Jamie Lynn has given us a small peak at the problem.