Louisiana school requires girls to take pregnancy test
Louisiana education officials are targeting one charter school to drop its classroom ban on pregnant students and the ability to mandate pregnancy tests. We're taking a closer look at this unbelievable story from the Current community. Check it out and add your two cents:
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana is demanding an immediate change of Delhi Charter School's policy regarding pregnancy. Students suspected of being pregnant are required to take a pregnancy test and if positive the student is required to leave school or study at home. The ACLU says the school is "in blatant violation of federal law and the U.S. Constitution."
Delhi Charter School's current Student Pregnancy Policy states:
If an administrator or teacher suspects a student is pregnant, a parent conference will be held. The school reserves the right to require any female student to take a pregnancy test to confirm whether or not the suspected student is in fact pregnant. The school further reserves the right to refer the suspected student to a physician of its choice. If the test indicates that the student is pregnant, the student will not be permitted to attend classes on the campus of Delhi Charter school.
Any student who is suspected of being pregnant and who refuse to submit to a pregnancy test shall be treated as a pregnant student and will be offered home study opportunities. If home study opportunities are not acceptable, the student will be counseled to seek other educational opportunities.
The community responds:
warman1138: "That rough beast, discrimination, still finds a happy home in the south thanks to those that cling to the mistakes of the past."
freecrack: "Abstinence only education, proving its value every day."
Abbynrml: "There is nothing private about violating the young girls rights. I guess conservatives will validate it by using some bible text or go after all young girls being permiscuous and need to be checked. Being a private school doesn't give them license to violate the law or a childs privacy."
Leen61: "What a violation! But, I was glad to read this: "The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana brought attention to the policy on Monday, calling on the school to drop the rule or face legal action. By Tuesday evening, state officials agreed that the policy violated federal law. Sanity prevailed and good for the ACLU!"
UhOhSpaghettiO: "Wow. Just wow. Good thing they're being called out on it and made to stop."
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