NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- The community of Niagara Falls is taking to the drawing board wondering what teens do know when it comes to sex and the consequences of having it.
Teenagers gave insight of what may be causing high statistics when it comes to teen pregnancy and STD's.
"We want to hear from the city, we want to hear from the people who live here - respect their values and respond to that," Chris Spicer with Planned Parenthood said.
Especially considering about 116 children are born to teen parents every year in Niagara Falls.
The teen pregnancy rate currently stands at about 11 percent in Niagara Falls compared to buffalo at 9.9 percent. The state average is 5.5 percent.
"It sets children up for lower performance in schools, to have a higher chance of being stuck in poverty, and it also can be cyclical and run in a family line, Spicer said."
STD stats are high as well. Out of 583 school districts Niagara Falls ranks as the third highest in the state for teen Chlamydia. Last year there were more than 260 reported cases of Chlamydia in females ages10 to 21 years of age.
But there is not one answer on how to solve this.
That's why different organizations ranging from Planned Parenthood of WNY to North Point Council weighing in on how substance abuse effects teen's decisions.
"Doing things that people normally don't do, which might mean having sex in the first place - or not having protective sex," Samantha Gilday said.