Algebra Test, Biology Test, Pregnancy Test?
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?