Yup, this really happened. And it’s despicable! Hicks who is now one year older and mom to a baby girl is suing the school and seeking punitive damages with help from the ACLU. She alleges the school violated her constitutional rights after she was forced to leave because she’d be a “bad example” to other students.
“It was so embarrassing to have all the other kids staring at me as I walked into the gymnasium,” Hicks said in a statement. “I didn’t want the whole school to know I was pregnant because it’s not their business, and it wasn’t right for my teachers to single me out.”
The truth is, Hicks would have eventually begun to show and her news would not have been so secret. But that does not give anyone the right to publicly shame her for being pregnant. It’s a horrible thing to do! And yes, teen pregnancy is a huge issue, but that still doesn’t justify singling out this poor girl in front of her classmates.