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Dear Jo: Readers' letters.

Make teen fathers pay

NOW two 12-year-olds have fallen pregnant, one in Sheffield and the other, who has given birth, in Rotherham.

What I'd like to know is why the fathers are not prosecuted for having sex with a minor? As The Mirror pointed out, it's illegal to have sex under the age of 16. And in the eyes of the law, a girl under 13 cannot consent to sex.

This 14-year-old boy has broken the law, but I daresay an army of social workers will be claiming an underprivileged upbringing was the cause and that we should be sympathetic.

I disagree. If he's old enough to father a child, he's old enough to take responsibility for his actions.

M Moore

Colchester, Essex

HOW I echo your sentiments over the 12-year-old girl from Sheffield who became pregnant by a 14-year-old boy (The Mirror, Sept 9).

Her parents have to take responsibility for this tragedy, for tragedy is what this is. I have never written to you before but I had to express my distress on this issue.

I urge families of girls of a similar age to stay close to their children. Let them know you love them and will always be there to listen and help them.

Teach them their bodies are sacred and special.

D Hubbert

Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancs

THESE child-parent stories send out such a sad message. Parenthood is difficult in any circumstances but in these, it will be very hard.

And in this context, I wonder why the word "adoption" has not been discussed. It may give the latest pregnant 12-year-old girl a chance.

The baby could be adopted by a loving family to give him or her a good start in life and the mother, however sad for a time, would be able to put her life in order.

She may go on and make something of herself and wait until she is an adult before embarking on motherhood again.

E Myers

Enfield, N London

THE 12-year-old child from Sheffield who has become pregnant has not done this to seek love and attention. She thinks it will get her off school for a year or two and her condition will guarantee her a council house.

And I object to the negative descriptions The Mirror used for our city.

It is beautiful and full of people who do not think they have a bleak future with nothing to look forward to.

We all have aspirations for our future. Do not offend the good people of this decent city for a small minority who think they know best at 12.

Name withheld

Hillsborough, Sheffield

FAT END OF VEG

THIS is a picture of my husband Sandy with his pair of whoppers!

Deborah Ayers Sandbach, Cheshire

ARE they giant cabbages or is he re-making Day Of The Triffids? - Jo

SPEAKING in Hollywood, Prince Edward said the English hated anyone who was successful. Well, he won't have to worry then, will he?

H Plecker East Barnet, Herts

I EXPECT I am one of many (you are - Jo) who read The Mirror's "60 years since start of WW2" article and spotted an error (Sept 3).

The picture depicting a crew of a Germany-bound US bomber was in fact an RAF crew of a British, 4-engine, Short Stirling bomber.

Do the Yanks get credit for everything?

D Lugo, Shirehampton, Bristol

CHEEP CUT OF LAMB..

Kids' Talk

WHEN I told my four-year-old grandson we were having lamb for lunch, he replied: "Oh good - lamb's my favourite kind of chicken."

C Golding Normanton, W Yorks

VISITING my dad's grave, my four-year-old, Joseph, asked if he could say a prayer for grandad, knelt and said: "For what we're about to receive, may the Lord make us truly grateful, Amen."

B Moore, Leigh, Lancs

I WAS using a Bible story to try to teach my children to share and I said to my oldest, Peter: "If Jesus was here he'd let your sister Sarah eat first."

Peter thought for a moment then said: "Sarah, you can be Jesus."

James Woodard Dogsthorpe, Cambs

NAOMI, my five-year-old granddaughter, was having tea and biscuits with her friend, Angharad. Naomi dropped her biscuit on the floor and Angharad put it in the bin.

Naomi asked: "Why did you do that?" and her friend replied: "Germs." Naomi exclaimed: "Grandma won't let germs in her kitchen. She cleans it 50 times a day."

John Evans via e-mail

pounds 25 Letter of the Day

READER Mark Rich-ards, from Newcastle upon Tyne, (Dear Jo, Sept 1) is right to say some people treat our canine friends badly. He adds that it's a tragedy that we need centres like Battersea Dogs' Home.

But consider how many children worldwide are exploited, beaten, starved and abandoned. At least the dogs in this country have a safe haven.

L Pett, Bexleyheath, Kent

Jeans means you care

FOR every 30 babies born in the UK, one has a genetic disorder that could affect the rest of his or her life.

We are holding a Jeans For Genes day to raise funds for research to help sufferers and their families.

The idea is that on October 8 all those taking part will swap their normal dress for jeans and donate just pounds 1 to help these children.

If you'd like to join us, please write for a fundraising pack to Jeans For Genes Appeal, PO Box 5, Colchester CO2 8GE. Our freephone is 0800 980 4800, and our website is www.jeansforgenes.com.

Rachel Smith Great Ormond St Hospital, London

AM I alone in hating hot weather? I always watch the weather forecast hoping that in my area it will be cool and cloudy. Not cold, but cool.

I'd like to know if I am unusual.

Tony Browett, Peterborough

THE picture of four-year-old Ismail Cimen, reunited with his mother Serife after being trapped for six days following the earthquake in Turkey, was beautiful (The Mirror, August 31).

The look of love and joy on their faces after the terrible ordeal they both suffered was wonderful.

And what a brave little boy. When their grief is over, may they find a new life together.

J Edwards, Swindon, Wilts
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Author:Dipple, Jo
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 7, 1999
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