Algebra Test, Biology Test, Pregnancy Test?

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 by from Buzzworthy Bulletins

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We’ve created a system of public schooling that provides educational opportunities for all students. Oh, except for the ones who might possibly be pregnant, according to a Louisiana charter school.

Delhi Charter School in Delhi, Louisiana has drawn the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union for portions of their school policy, which includes the following wording:

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 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 Dehli Charter School.

If the student opts to refuse this blatantly unconstitutional test, what happens? They will be treated as if pregnant, and offered the “opportunity” to continue their education at home. You know – away from the other students, who may catch the highly contagious pregnancy virus.

Apparently, a student who becomes pregnant can’t meet their high standards for “acceptable character traits that govern language, gestures, physical actions, and written words.” However, they make no mention of how they intend to hunt down and punish the male students for any of their perceived improprieties that may be in conflict with these standards. Certainly they’ve devised a way to test any male students for participating in the act that caused a pregnancy, right? Or are these standards only applicable to their female students?

Apparently, they’ve missed a few memos on dealing with issues like teen pregnancy and discipline in a positive and worthwhile manner at Delhi. In addition to their pregnancy policy, they reserve the right to use corporal punishment on rule breakers (only with a paddling to the buttocks, mind you – not anything truly degrading or disturbing, like being hit on the rear with a blunt object by a teacher or headmaster… oh, wait…).

The ACLU has made contact, and requested a revision of the school policies. What is your take on this school? 

What do you think? Algebra Test, Biology Test, Pregnancy Test?

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  1. Avatar of Molly Molly says:

    this sounds either as an outdated rule or ill thought out.

    they should at least have an option to finger the guy(s) with whom she performed.

  2. Avatar of Sara McTigueEditor Sara McTigue says:

    With all due respect, the article was written and published prior to the link you shared, and the issue had just been brought to light the day before. We address current topics that we believe will be of interest to our members, around the United States and around the world.
    Understanding local culture is important, but it is also important that we work to ensure that women and children are being treated fairly and respectfully whenever possible. This policy violates the basic rights of women, and as such was not fair.
    While the chairman states "just a handful" of girls were affected, what a traumatic, life-changing experience for those girls. Even one girl who is singled out and humiliated is one too many.
    I can absolutely credit them for making the change. Good job. But I can also question the fact that it took this long for it to happen, and wonder why nobody in the education system there saw an issue with this policy in the twelve prior years in which it has been in place.
    Thanks for sharing your opinion – and for speaking up. If more people took the time to speak up – and take action – there would be less negativity for me to write about. And I don’t mind that one bit.

  3. Avatar of kjlovmo@suddenlink.net kjlovmo says:

    The school was not aware of the law and has since changed the policy. Maybe you should do your research before writing articles that just cause an uproar over a situation that will no longer exist? Maybe get to understand the local culture and why such policies might have been put there in the first place? This is rural Louisiana we’re talking about here. Not California. There are towns w/ public schools that only have 300 students K-12th grades. If you look into it, you’ll see that it hasn’t even affected very many girls b/c it’s that rare. Is the policy wrong? yes, but at least give them credit for acknowledging it and changing it. http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/48580088/ns/today-back_to_school/t/la-charter-school-changing-pregnancy-policy/#.UCUv4cWd6So

  4. Avatar of Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Oh and so my point is clear when I did her baby shower, ALL her teachers and tons of her friends showed up to CELEBRATE the upcoming birth of her son! Again not saying it is ideal, but it does happen!

  5. Avatar of Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Ok, I understand that it isn’t ideal to have a pregnant student. However, to actually expell a student based on the fact that they are pregnant is just deplorable! People make mistakes. My high school did something totally different. When a student was found to be pregnant they were given the option to stay in regular classes (unless medical necessity arose, ie bedrest) or go to a building outside of our campus for pregnant students or students that have had kids. They had a daycare at that facility and it was smaller. The reason behind the other facility was we had 4000 students at my school and it’s the size of a college campus. Thus making it difficult to get to classes and sometimes dangerous to navigate halls and stairs full of students.

    My sister got pregnant the month her serior year started. She remained in regular classes until she got big, it was about 1-2 months before her son was born. But she made the choice to go to the other building because it became hard for her to make it to class, constant need for bathroom breaks, and dr spots, and so on. Her son was born 6 days before she graduated and she walked across the stage while I was in the audience with her newborn. She graduated number 51 out of 975 students, was on the honor roll and had academic scholarships to many colleges. So to say that a student cannot attend school because of their ‘condition’ is absurd! My sister is just one of the few who made a bad choice, but why does that mean she shouldn’t have the same opportunities that we all had? I am glad ACLU is looking into this and I am even more glad that my kids will attend the same high school! Even though I hope and pray my girls NEVER have to face this I will at least know that they won’t be branded with the preverbal scarlet letter if they do! It is the 21st century ppl get with the program!

  6. Avatar of Jeanra Jeanra says:

    Where I come from the same thing happens in private schools. Everyone in the whole country knows that so whoever who doesn’t agree with that law they stay away from private schools. In my high school the school brought in a nurse a week after schools opened ( every semester) and we all be given pregnancy test if it turned positive, the school will send the student to the hospital for more testing. Then came expulsion. I think they were trying to teach us morals and the fact education is important for our future .

  7. I had attended a public school when I was younger, but the girls was never force to take a pregnancy test. I feel like it is unfair and unjust, for females to take pregnancy test, "if they are suspected to be pregnant." I feel like they should not get pull out of their classes either, because they have the right to learn with every other student. When I was going to high school and a girl was to get pregnant, she will stay in school until it was time for her to have her baby, and if she is not able to finish the school term, then she is being home school, by one of her teachers.

  8. Wow! I didn’t realize we sere stuck back in the 30′s, 40′s, 50′s, ect. My Aunt got pregnant back in the 60′s when she was a teen, and for that matter, so did my mother. The only difference between my Aunt and my mother was my Aunt was forced to not go to school while she was pregnant, have the child, and then give it up for adoption(I don’t think she argued enough, I think she was scared), then she could return to school. My Mother, got pregnant at 16, she did quit school and kept the baby. But I thought things were different now days. I thought we have grown and now show girls in these predicaments some compassion. I guess not in some places. As for the boys, I think if they are going to treat the girls in that manner, maybe they should give up who they tangoed with and the same should happen to him. But I don’t think it should happen at all. :)

  9. Avatar of Jess18 Jess18 says:

    I’m 18 years old and pregnant. I’ve been home schooled my entire life…. never been enrolled in public or private school. Being pregnant at this age is not ideal… however, removing the ability to attend school is discouraging. Even with the alternative of finding a new school. Girls already feeling judged and like they will never reach their previous goals don’t need more resources taken away from them. Not to say we need special treatment either… I’m just saying that maybe their priorities are in the wrong place. Caring more about the appearance of the school and not the future of the students…

  10. Avatar of Charlene Charlene says:

    This is just one more religious right in the good ol southern states that make sure that women are treated differently than the men because the man should be punisher too and he wont be. having good morals is important but things happen because we dont talk to our kids about sex alot of us lecture them and just tell them that it is bad and that only bad girls get into trouble but it takes a boy too and parents need to read what they are signing my children would never go to this school even if it was the best school in the country. their policy stinks and is unfari to the girl if the boy is not punished too but thats the souths double standard

  11. Avatar of Tahna Tahna says:

    I have to say, I don’t completely disagree with this. Not unlike a private school for many reasons parents choose to send their children. They are only ours for a short time before the world steps in. We try to protect and teach and provide strong morals but if they aren’t enforced outside the home as well, then choices made aren’t always correct. I know in our town we have children as young as 11 and 12 pregnant in school. I’m glad to see a policy coming from a school to support strong moral values.

  12. Avatar of Angelwings Angelwings says:

    I just went to this school’s page I am disturbed by their manual. My high school use to take the mothers out of regular classes that were considered stressful and put them in parenting classes, I rarely saw my friend senior yr she was allowed to graduate the following yr. So what this school does is no different from what mine did or still does. I also see the other side of the coin here, some kids get vicious towards pregnant teens that’s not healthy for baby, mother, or school.

  13. Avatar of krsy001 krsy001 says:

    The high school that I graduated from had and still has a daycare in the school… It isn’t just for parents that go to the high school, it is an actual daycare/preschool that is ran by the child development teachers and students. It is for those students that want to go into early childhood education. I think it is a great idea. That way, it promotes teen age moms to come back to school to finish their education, instead of just dropping out of school.

  14. Avatar of Sara McTigueEditor Sara McTigue says:

    Actually, Keshia – they are a charter school. Which means they are part of the public school program, and receive funds via tax dollars. Does that change your feelings?

  15. Avatar of Sylvia Sylvia says:

    While I do not agree with this and glad that people are looking into it. I also do not think it is unfair. My child went to a charter school and you have to sign all different kinds of forms. If you are not reading it then that is your fault. It has to be stated some where that this is required. Then you don’t send your child there if you disagree. I would not send my child here cuz I don’t agree. However I would not be sending my child to a school where they have daycare either.

  16. Avatar of Kbenard Kbenard says:

    The parents consent by signing the contract just like signing any medical document for their child. So it is legal and private schools can make any rules they want. However I believe a paternity test should be require on males who are suspected to be fathers

  17. Avatar of Theresa Theresa says:

    While I do not agree with the above method they are a charter school and have the right to make those kid of rules. I’m sure that before the kids are enrolled there is signed papers about the above stated policies. If Parents/students don’t like the policy go to a different school. There really isn’t a good reason for a teen to be having sex and therefore getting pregnant anyway.

  18. Avatar of Ashlyn Ashlyn says:

    Horrible!! I bet they don’t make the father leave!!!!

  19. Avatar of Brittney Brittney says:

    This is ridiculous and just plain disrespectful. They have absolutely no right to force a girl to take a pregnancy test and then kick them out of school. I’m happy that the ACLU is reviewing it and if I lived in this school district my child would never go there.

  20. Avatar of ErinF ErinF says:

    Wow, that is just unconscionable. Forcing medical tests and treatment on a minor without parent/guardian consent cannot be legal, and even if that is included in a contract required for entry into the school, cannot be legally enforceable. This is an archaic, paternalistic, and misogynist policy (of course the girl is the only one facing punishment, when the sex might not have even been voluntary), and I’m glad the ACLU is reviewing it.

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