Louisiana school reverses policy of kicking out pregnant teens

By Kay Steiger
Thursday, August 9, 2012 13:31 EDT
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A Louisiana charter school that came under fire for a policy of kicking out girls that are pregnant or suspected of being pregnant has reversed its policy.

“Blaming the victim is never the appropriate response to misconduct,” said Marjorie Esman, executive director of the ACLU of Louisiana said in a press release. “If students at Delhi are being harassed, the school’s responsibility is to protect them while ensuring their education. The problem lies with the harasser, not the victim, and it’s wrong for schools to kick students out for reasons that have nothing to do with their education.”

The Dehli Charter School in Dehli, Louisiana came under threat of lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union on Monday after the organization learned of a policy that forced girls to take a pregnancy test and go to a physician of the school’s choosing to determine if she is pregnant. A positive test result or failure to take a test could result in the school banning the student from class.

“The policy’s complete disregard for Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities, is astonishing,” Tiseme Zegeye wrote on the ACLU Women’s Rights Project blog.

Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story. Her contributions have appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Campus Progress, The Guardian, In These Times, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check, and others. You can follow her on Twitter @kaysteiger.
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