Pregnant high school student not allowed to walk at graduation

A high school senior who attends a private Christian school in Maryland will not get a chance to attend her graduation ceremony because she is pregnant. "With Maddi, her punishment was set four months out". She has also become involved in antiabortion activism, taking part in rallies and speaking out against federal funding for Planned Parenthood. "And I never thought that I would consider it, but it was just the fear and what I've seen girls like me go through".

"We sign a student code at the beginning of each school year that we'll refrain from drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and pre-marital sex, stuff like that", said Runkles.

"I decided I wanted to confess what I did and ask for forgiveness from my school, but the other kids who had broken other rules - even when they were caught - they still lied about what they had done. The best way to love her right now is to hold her accountable for her morality that began this situation".

Her father, Scott, had resigned from his position as president of the school board because of how the school treated his daughter. The statement was issued on behalf of the school's board of directors.

She's disappointed in her school, Heritage Academy, "because I'd worked so hard for that...and I made one mistake and all my hard work was being taken away from me".

"They didn't want anything to do with me or my family anymore", she said. Kristan Hawkins, the Students for Life president, told The Times that she shouldn't be "shamed" for making the "courageous decision to choose life". Runkles declined to name the baby's father but said he is not an academy student and they do not plan to marry.

"When Christian schools respond like this they are promoting abortion", she urged. "By banning her and her alone, the administration and board collectively decided to make a public example of one student and has either intentionally or unintentionally communicated to the school community that pregnancy (not simply premarital sex) is a shame and should not be observed within our school community", she said in a statement. Among other things, Hobbs argued that "Maddi is being disciplined, not because she's pregnant, but because she was immoral". She was also told that she would no longer be allowed to attend class at school, but would instead have her lessons at home. She said if the school stands by its decision, she intends to host her own ceremony.

"I did think about abortion for awhile because I was so afraid of what I was going to face, because I was just afraid of what everyone was going to think of me and the family that I come from". She is due to deliver her child in September, and is planning to start her college career by taking online classes through Liberty University.

  • Larry Hoffman