Whackadoodle Charter School Forces Rumored Teen Harlots To Take Pregnancy Tests
UPDATE: The Delhi Charter is reportedly changing their pregnancy policy.
Between the ladies of Teen Mom and Bristol Palin, stigma for teen pregnancy certainly hasn’t been taking any hits. Although the aforementioned public figures have taken it upon themselves to spin their circumstances into education and awareness, teen motherhood seems to be even more fraught with stereotypes and Internet snark. But you’ll find more than jokes and jabs at the 600-student Delhi Charter School, in Delhi, Louisiana, where female students are not only forced to take a pregnancy test, but will be bounced out for refusing to comply.
ACLU reports that a faculty member who “suspects” a student to be pregnant is to call a parent teacher conference, according to official school policy. The public school explicitly “reserves the right to require any female student to take a pregnancy test to confirm” a suspected pregnancy. And on top of that baseless nonsense by which to interrogate an underage girl about the status of her uterus, the school also “reserves the right” to refer a young lady to a doctor — of the school’s choosing.
The school’s policy manual doesn’t specify whether school employees are to specifically cite idle bathroom gossip or merely approach a teen in an empire-waisted dress with pee sticks in hand. All of a sudden, wearing unflattering blouses to school can take on a whole other set of consequences for the girls ofÂ the Delhi Charter School. Worse still — aside from being yanked out of Algebra to confirm or deny pregnancy rumors to your school principal — is that girls who do not comply with on demand pregnancy tests will be “treated as a pregnant student” and showed to the exit anyway:
ACLU is on the case, informing the school that they must “immediately suspend this discriminatory and illegal policy.” But given that pregnancy is already a discriminatory vein that continues to pervade even our adult workplaces, perhaps it’s best that our daughters get acquainted with “pregnancy hunting” and that “mommy track” young.