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Wed May 24, 2017, 06:24 PM

Pregnant Teen Banned From Walking at High School Graduation

HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- An 18-year-old Maryland high school student has been banned from walking at her high school graduation ceremony because she is pregnant, WTTG reports.

Maddi Runkles attends Heritage Academy, a private Christian school in Maryland, and the school says she violated its code of conduct by having premarital sex.

Runkles is one of 15 seniors in her class and will be the only one not allowed to walk because she is pregnant.

“It’s like a small school and it is such a big deal and I am the only one that is not going to be there that night to walk to the stage,” she told the station.

More at http://myfox8.com/2017/05/24/pregnant-teen-banned-from-walking-at-high-school-graduation/

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Reply Pregnant Teen Banned From Walking at High School Graduation (Original post)
Different Drummer May 2017 OP
Warren DeMontague May 2017 #1
Mariana May 2017 #17
SharonAnn May 2017 #26
lindysalsagal May 2017 #2
StevieM May 2017 #3
elleng May 2017 #4
Aristus May 2017 #6
Thomas Hurt May 2017 #5
StevieM May 2017 #7
Docreed2003 May 2017 #8
sinkingfeeling May 2017 #28
Docreed2003 May 2017 #29
Luciferous May 2017 #9
WhiskeyGrinder May 2017 #10
mopinko May 2017 #11
LeftInTX May 2017 #16
Demit May 2017 #21
Freethinker65 May 2017 #12
LeftyMom May 2017 #13
Different Drummer May 2017 #14
Me. May 2017 #15
Mariana May 2017 #18
FreeState May 2017 #19
bdamomma May 2017 #20
malaise May 2017 #22
Doodley May 2017 #23
Different Drummer May 2017 #24
spanone May 2017 #25
Different Drummer May 2017 #27

Response to Different Drummer (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 06:25 PM

1. Wow, way to be "pro-life", huh?

I thought this was what you people wanted?

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #1)

Wed May 24, 2017, 06:54 PM

17. No, no, no.

They want to deny women access to abortion AND they want to shame unwed pregnant women.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #1)

Wed May 24, 2017, 08:01 PM

26. And the father of the child? Wasn't he immoral, too? or is he from somewhere else?

Enquiring minds want to know.

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Response to Different Drummer (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 06:29 PM

2. Private schools can do shit like that. Which is why I oppose DeVos: She wants taxpayer $$

to prop up such hatred.

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Response to Different Drummer (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 06:29 PM

3. They say that they are against abortion but when a woman or girl gets pregnant and keeps

the baby they are pretty disdainful of her too.

These people want no sex outside of heterosexual marriage and EVERY SINGLE CHILD born out of wedlock to be given up for adoption.

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Response to Different Drummer (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 06:29 PM

4. private Christian school, naturally.

Concerned, as I lived there, and still live in MD. 'she violated its code of conduct by having premarital sex,' so it's on her 'shoulders.'

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Response to elleng (Reply #4)

Wed May 24, 2017, 06:32 PM

6. I agree. Private school, so she doesn't have a leg to stand on.

If it was a public school, I would proudly join the howls of protest over the issue.

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Response to Different Drummer (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 06:31 PM

5. judge not lest you be judged, and removing the plank from your eye, and all that...

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Response to Different Drummer (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 06:33 PM

7. Here is my thread from the Editorials section. It includes a link to a great NY Times article.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/1016185597


Pregnant at 18. Hailed by Abortion Foes. Punished by Christian School.


~snip~

BOONSBORO, Md. — Maddi Runkles has never been a disciplinary problem.

She has a 4.0 average at Heritage Academy, the small private Christian school she attends; played on the soccer team; and served as president of the student council. But when her fellow seniors don blue caps and gowns at graduation early next month, Ms. Runkles, 18, will not be among them.

The reason? She is pregnant.

The decision by school officials to bar Ms. Runkles from “walking” at graduation — and to remove her from her student council position — would have remained private, but for her family’s decision to seek help from Students for Life. The anti-abortion group, which took her to a recent rally in Washington, argues that she should be lauded, not punished, for her decision to keep her baby.

Read More: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/20/us/teen-pregnancy-religious-values-christian-school.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

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Response to Different Drummer (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 06:34 PM

8. It's amazing how far some Christians' actions are from the actions of the Jesus of the gospels

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #8)

Wed May 24, 2017, 08:13 PM

28. Wasn't Mary a pregnant, unwed teenager?

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #28)

Wed May 24, 2017, 08:16 PM

29. Exactly

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Response to Different Drummer (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 06:35 PM

9. Not surprised by this- I was 17 when I got pregnant with my daughter and was strongly

encouraged to switch to the alternative night school classes.

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Response to Different Drummer (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 06:36 PM

10. Gee, that sounds useful, supportive and important.

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Response to Different Drummer (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 06:39 PM

11. i think we are devolving.

i really do. they did this shit in my catholic high school in 1972.
ffs.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #11)

Wed May 24, 2017, 06:53 PM

16. I went to public school and graduated in 1974

The 1973 Homecoming Queen got pregnant. She walked across the stage ready to drop, to a huge applause. However, she was a married woman at the time. Of course, the husband/dad-to-be was Captain of the Football Team.

This was a big deal. There was talk that they wouldn't let her walk across the stage, but students complained. She also had gotten married, which was in her favor.

I think if she was a typical downtrodden unattached social outcast, I don't know what the school would have done. Usually they were sent away. My friend was.

Nevertheless, it was an important moment for our school.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #11)

Wed May 24, 2017, 07:04 PM

21. Interestingly, in my Catholic school in 1970 they let the student participate

 

in graduation. Not only that, they let her graduate on stage (because of her GPA). Not only that, but because we were lined up by size, and she was the shortest, she was the first one in the procession. It was a source of great merriment to us. She was seven months pregnant, and we all knew, and so did they. Catholic hypocrisy at its finest. If you're a favorite, you slip by.

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Response to Different Drummer (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 06:40 PM

12. And just how many of the remaining 14 seniors are "verified" virgins?

Private school, so they can shame and stigmatize if they want to, but you can bet she is not the only student to break the code of conduct.

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Response to Different Drummer (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 06:45 PM

13. Did one of her classmates get her pregnant? Is he walking?

Does anybody genuinely believe the other 14 graduating seniors are virgins?

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Response to LeftyMom (Reply #13)

Wed May 24, 2017, 06:49 PM

14. If I had to guess, I'd say virginity has gone 0-15 in that class.

As people who live in the real world know, teenagers have sex.

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Response to Different Drummer (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 06:49 PM

15. How Christian Of Them

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Response to Me. (Reply #15)

Wed May 24, 2017, 07:03 PM

18. Christians have done stuff like this for a long, long time. nt.

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Response to Different Drummer (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 07:03 PM

19. "a private Christian school" - that there is the problem n/t

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Response to Different Drummer (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 07:03 PM

20. I mean

Where do we live????. How much more are Americans going to take???

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Response to Different Drummer (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 07:11 PM

22. That's ridiculous

Damn people are backwards

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Response to Different Drummer (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 07:20 PM

23. Would they ban the president?

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Response to Doodley (Reply #23)

Wed May 24, 2017, 07:56 PM

24. Good point! n/t

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Response to Different Drummer (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 07:58 PM

25. so, a private 'christian' school has no clue What Jesus Would Do?

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Response to spanone (Reply #25)

Wed May 24, 2017, 08:08 PM

27. Shocking, n'est ce pas? n/t

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