As if going to high school didn’t already come bogged down with the pressures of trying to fit in, obtain good grades, and stay focused, now girls can add selective treatment to the list of issues to worry about.
A policy created by the Delhi Charter School, a public school in Louisiana, allows staff to demand a girl get a pregnancy test if they think she’s pregnant.
Once the girls are suspected of being so, the school reserves a right to demand they take a pregnancy test!
According to their handbook,
“If an administrator or teacher suspects a student is pregnant, a parent conference will be held. 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.”
It goes on to mention that if the student is indeed pregnant they will not be allowed to attend classes, and recommended that they seek forms of education.
“Any student who is suspected of being pregnant and who refuse to submit to a pregnancy test shall be treated as a pregnant student and will be offered home study opportunities.”
If this isn’t discrimination, I don’t know what is. Tiseme Zigeye, a member of the ACLU, mentions that the school blatantly disregards Title IX of the Education Amendments, the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities.
Girls who refuse the test, can consequently be kicked out of school. The ACLU is fighting the school to get rid of the policy.
How horrible! Can you imagine girls subjected to the shame and guilt that comes along with this? What do you think?