“Tina, why are you crying?" Angela asked the little blond-headed eighth-grader sitting in her office.
"I don't know," Tina sobbed as she tried to regain her composure. Angela handed her a tissue. She could tell Tina was embarrassed for suddenly becoming overwhelmed by her emotions so she gave the young girl a look of sympathy. This wasn’t the first child to start crying in her office.
"Tina, you can talk to me. I'm your guidance counselor and anything you tell me will not go beyond these walls."
Trying to talk through her sobs, Tina managed to say," My parents…they're going' to kill me."
"Why are your parents going to kill you, Tina?"
Very softly, Tina replied," I missed my period."
“And you think you’re pregnant?”
Tina nodded her head.
"Well, that doesn't necessarily mean you're pregnant. How long has it been since your last period?"
"Still, you might just be going through an irregular period. You should take a home pregnancy test before you get too upset. But, first, I think you need to let your parents know what's going on."
"No, I can't! They would freak out. I'll do the test on my own and if I'm pregnant… Jason is going to pay for an abortion!"