A reader sent this. It raises three specific questions for me:
If it were Sarah, did she say this after several missed periods?
If it were Sarah, what happened to the baby?
But perhaps it wasn't Sarah.
Let me share with you what the vox populi in Alaska has shared with me:
Bristol's pregnancy that had the school abuzz was over the winter of 2006 into Feb of 2007.
2006 was the year Bristol left Wasilla and went to live with her aunt to recover from Mono. Confirmed the year with XYZ. They were all students at XYZ High.
This was the same year she left Wasilla High and was MIA for the rest of the school year, supposedly in Anchorage attending school, but no record of that either.
To the best of my memory it was 2006 or 07. Yes the rumors were swirling, I never paid much attention to it.
Bristol's pregnancy and subsequent exile was all the kids talked about for months. She was not well liked at school and they all seemed to enjoy seeing her get knocked down to size.
Once Sarah announced the pregnancy, they were simply never seen in public. She said “pregnant”, I thought "poor thing, at your age!" and thought no more about it until all the crazy stuff began.
Bristol did not reappear until early in 2008.
I do remember seeing Dr. Cathy on the local news, and she did indeed have an attorney behind her, and did not answer any of the questions put to her. She made a brief statement, and it was over. Pat Dougherty was a bit sneaky in how he worded his reply to you. There was a statement, and it was not at the newspaper offices.
Vox Pops indeed, as we called them in the news biz. Hope to add more to the collection over time.