Imagine that you’ve just started a new year at school when
rumors begin to fly. Your classmates are whispering that you’re pregnant, and
whether you are or not, once the principal catches wind of it, you’ll be forced
to take a pregnancy test…or be kicked out of school. Sound like a far-out
story? It’s not, if you attend Delhi Charter School in Delhi, La.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently
discovered a student policy that dates back to 2006. The school reserves the
right to force female students suspected of being pregnant to submit to a
pregnancy test and doctor’s visit. If the student is
pregnant, she will no longer be allowed to take classes on
campus—though she does have the option to home school. If the student refuses
to take the test, she can either home school or “seek other educational
opportunities,” per the school’s policy
Delhi Charter School infers that a girl who becomes pregnant
is a girl who doesn’t adhere to the school’s moral code or standards of
excellence in character and academics. She’s a girl who isn’t desirable within
the community. And if she challenges the system? Out she goes.
that about 70 percent of teen girls who give birth end up leaving school, and
one of the reasons cited for that is discrimination, which is illegal.
Regardless of the legalities, policies like this certainly aren’t
girl-friendly. Schools should be safe places where students can learn. They
shouldn’t be bullied—not by fellow students, not by teachers or administrators
and certainly not by inane policies that disregard their best interests.
What do you think of
this policy, babes? Tell us in the
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 8/6/2012 4:08:00 PM
POSTED IN pregnancy, In the News