Not so long ago I predicted a "bumper" crop of teeange pregnancies at one of Thanet's secondary schools and today, I see the Thanet Times is running a front page story that the Island has more than any other spot in Kent. From 2002 - 2004 there were 71 under-sixteen pregnancies and 356 under-eighteens.
When the 2004 - 2006 figures emerge the results could be equally worrying and once again, the results are concentrated in a couple of key wards, the most deprived in Thanet.
To achieve these figures suggests a catalogue of failure at different levels of responsibility in our community and there's no end in sight and no answer either to a cycle of deprivation which will carry-on to another generation with the results visible in the growing special needs requirements of local schools.
Experts say the problem stems from deprivation, numbers of children in care, young offenders on the isle and the number of teens who have no ambition.
Despite topping the tables for under-18s and under-16s becoming pregnant, Ruth Herron, of Kent Teenage Pregnancy Partnership, says the numbers are coming down. She said: "The problem is linked with young people who have no aspirations or opportunities. There is a huge amount of work being done in schools to tackle this problem."
Every town has its problem but I'd prefer that Thanet, with so many other problems, wasn't top in this category of despair.