Louisiana charter school forces pregnant students out of class

A charter school in Louisiana is under fire for a policy that forces pregnant girls out of class.

The Student Pregnancy Policy at the Delhi Charter School in Delhi, Louisiana, allows administrators to forbid pregnant teens from attending class. Pregnancy testing is also forced upon girls who are suspected of being pregnant. Students refusing to take a pregnancy test can be kicked out of class.

Of course, there are no repecussions for male students who get girls pregnant.

"There's so much wrong with this policy, it's hard to know where to start," says American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana executive director Marjorie Esman. "In a nutshell, it illegally discriminates against girls simply for being pregnant."

While students are still offered home study opportunities, the ACLU of Louisiana says the school's policy directly contravenes the U.S. Constitution and Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, a federal law that prohibits a federally funded school from discriminating against students "on the basis of such student's pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy or recovery therefrom."

The ACLU of Louisiana sent a letter to the school on August 6, requesting the policy be revised immediately. School prinicpal Chris Broussard told ABC News that revisions would take place.


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jonny .
I grew up in Edmonton, and there were no pregnant girls in the high schools there. There was a special school for girls who got pregnant. I dont know if they were forced to go there, or if they all just happened to choose to go there.
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