Controversy Surrounding Teen Pregnancy Expo Sponsored by Local School District

May 1, 2013 Updated May 1, 2013 at 8:22 PM EDT

By Hilary Lane

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May 1, 2013 Updated May 1, 2013 at 8:22 PM EDT


Many parents and community members are expressing outrage over a teen pregnancy expo held Wednesday afternoon, sponsored by Buffalo Public Schools.

At the "Baby and Me Expo", there were balloons, free food, prizes and of course, babies.

The event brought dozens of teen moms, soon-to-be moms, and fathers together at EPIC on Main Street in Buffalo.

Many community organizations were on hand, sharing information about programs and resources available to young families.

Buffalo Public Schools, a main sponsor of the event, says with over 200 pregnancies in the district each year, an event like this is necessary.

However, others say the party-like atmosphere celebrates teen pregnancy and sends the wrong message to other young teens.

"We have an obligation as a community to support young mothers with services and developing some skills," said Will Keresztes, Associate Superintendent, Buffalo Public Schools. "But above all giving them an opportunity to continue their educations."

This is the third year for the "Baby and Me Expo".

Organizers say they will continue to hold the event in an effort to provide support and resources for young families.