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Pierce's mom, Lisa, says she noticed how her son was looking at Courtney and started to suspect something might happen soon. "From my gut, they were getting very, very close to having sex," she says.

Lisa says she began to wrestle with a question few parents want to face—should she buy her son condoms? "I went to the drugstore, and I stood in the condom aisle for about 30 minutes," she says. "Making that purchase was probably the hardest thing I ever did, because I didn't want him to think that I was giving him [approval]. Like, 'Go for it, son.'"

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