Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans was arrested in South Carolina Saturday evening for disturbing the peace. Evans, 21, was booked into the Horry County jail and then released an hour later. The reality show follows four teenagers struggling with motherhood.
The arrest was made after the Teen Mom 2 reality TV star was reportedly arguing with her boyfriend, Nathan Griffith. The boyfriend allegedly said she locked him out of a house in North Myrtle Beach. Evans’ tweet about the incident afterwards said her neighbor was probably calling the cops just to get a story. However, the police returned a second time, after Griffith had climbed into a window of the home and Evans barricaded herself in the bathroom. The police would have left if Evans had not been cursing at them, but they arrested her for disturbing the peace.
This is not the Teen Mom 2 star’s only run-in with the law. In 2012, Evans and an ex-boyfriend were arrested on drug and abuse charges after she failed to follow a protective order for domestic violence. Prior to this incident, she had been charged with cyber stalking a previous boss. In 2011, she was arrested for fighting with a woman in a nightclub, an incident that was caught on videotape.
Back in April, Evans was charged with heroin possession and domestic violence in Caswell Beach, N.C. The police was called to her residence after she had a fight with her then-husband Courtland Rogers. During their fight, the Teen Mom 2 star assaulted Rogers with a piece of furniture and he struck her on the neck and head. She was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Evans is currently pregnant with her second child by boyfriend Nathan Griffith, which she announced just weeks ago. Her son, four-year-old Jace, lives with Evans’ mother, Barbara, to whom she pays child support. Jace’s father is Andrew Lewis. Griffith himself has a two-year-old daughter but he does not have custody of her.
In a recent interview with MTV, Evans said she’s been dealing with persistent morning sickness during her pregnancy but is happy about the impending birth. This birth signifies a major turn in her life: ““Now I’m in a stable relationship and I have my own place, my own car, a job…I can pay my bills. I’m just happy with my life right now.”
Teenagers are more likely to dabble in dangerous sexual practices. For example, in a survey of high school students in 2011, nearly 40percent had not used a condom the last time they had sex. Nearly 77 percent had not used birth control or Depo-Provera the last time they had sex, and approximately 15 percent of students had had sex with four or more people in their lifetimes. Those statistics sound like huge numbers, but what was once called an epidemic in America, the teen pregnancy rate, has actually gone down.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website indicates in the year 2011, the births of approximately 330,000 babies were born to mothers between the ages of 15 and 19, a “record low” for mothers in this age group. The reasons for this birth decline are possibly due to more use of birth control and less sexual activity.
By Juana Poareo