It’s Insane That Texas Highschooler’s Miscarriage Was Treated Like A Crime Scene
I owe Florida an apology. We here in Texas are attempting to steal the “State you most wish would catch fire float off into the ocean” from them with news out of my new city of Dallas today about some hardcore weird shit that went down on Friday. It involves a helicopter and a fetus, so let’s go on this journey together, shall we?
Staffers were called to an upstairs bathroom around 2:30 p.m. Friday. It was there that a deceased fetus had been discovered inside a bathroom stall. According to teens at the school, it was a student who alerted a worker.
â€œI think that there was somebody that had notified a custodian of a situation in a restroom,â€ explained Dallas Independent School District spokesperson Jon Dahlander. â€œThe custodian went and then made the discovery.â€
It was at this point that Woodrow Wilson High School was “swarmed” with a massive police presence which included a helicopter or two because, hey, why the hell not? It was at this point that the bathroom was considered a crime scene, which is why so many cops were there.
The focus quickly shifted from the fact that there was a fetus in the school to what can only be described as a sort of manhunt as school officials attempted to figure out who the mother was. According to The Raw Story,
Dallas Police Departmentâ€™s Child Abuse Unit detectives were investigating to find out who may have abandoned the fetus. The person involved was being considered a â€œsuspect.â€
â€œWeâ€™re reviewing video, talking to the teachers, trying to determine if anybody has any knowledge of any student that may have had something going on in their life, and pray,â€ Dallas Police Major John Lawton said.
Wait, what? That is a huge jump from “person who may have miscarried” to “suspect”. Without knowing anything about the mother, it’s not outlandish to assume that she may be a high school girl who gave birth or miscarried on a toilet while alone and afraid. This kind of reaction is probably validating her decision to go through that alone, since suddenly words like “abuse” and “suspect” were being thrown around.
There is a high chance it was a miscarriage, in which case a representative from Baby Moses issued a warning of sorts:
Alan Elliott of Baby Moses Dallas explained to KDFW that the mother could have avoided any criminal charges if she had taken advantage of Baby Moses laws by carrying the child to term, and then dropping it off at a safe baby site like a fire station.
â€œAnd thatâ€™s a happy ending when that happens, because the baby is safe, the mother is protected from any sort of prosecution, so itâ€™s a win-win for both of them,â€ Elliot noted.
Oh man. Apparently a good way to avoid prosecution for miscarrying is to carry the baby to term, so let’s keep that in mind going forward, shall we?