Certainly, the concept of a “virginity pledge” comes in somewhere on the scale between absurd and useless. If a teen is raised without the moral background to abstain from sex, a pledge won’t help; and if they are raised with that background the pledge is unnecessary.
Regardless, the way these news stories twist and spin you’d think that high schools were forcing their students to make these things. Nonsense, these are private individuals making decisions apart from the state apparatus - something liberals can’t stand.
Some schools are "encouraging" students to make these pledges. My son refused and was asked for an explanation of his refusal. He told them it was none of their business.
I think many of the kids play along and sign the paper.