Stop Discriminating Against Pregnant Students!
  • Petitioned Delhi Charter School

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Delhi Charter School
Principal, Delhi Charter School
Chris Broussard
Principal, Delhi Charter School
Nikki Roark
Board Chairman, Delhi Charter School
Albert Chistman

Stop Discriminating Against Pregnant Students!

    1. Natasha Vianna
    2. Petition by

      Natasha Vianna

      Boston, MA

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As a former teen mom, I know how hard it is to stay in school and graduate on time when you're pregnant or taking care of a new baby. So I was shocked to learn that the Delhi Charter School in Delhi, Louisiana is shaming and suspending pregnant students -- and imposing mandatory pregnancy tests on students who "might" be pregnant.

Students at Delhi Charter School -- which is publicly funded -- who are suspected of being pregnant are forced to take mandatory pregnancy tests. If they refuse, they're told to stay home or transfer. And if they test positive, they're told to stay home or transfer.

This discrimination is illegal. But the administration at Delhi Charter School seems to be more interested in making sure pregnant girls can't get an education than in obeying federal law.

That's why I started this petition to tell the Delhi Charter School administration to stop forcing girls to take pregnancy tests, and to stop shaming and suspending pregnant students and students who refuse to take the tests.

Does this kind of shaming stop teen pregnancies and build stronger, better educated communities? No. I know because I was a teen mom at 17, and now I work with teen moms every day in Boston.

7 years ago, I told teachers and administrators at my high school I was pregnant, thinking they'd want to help me graduate and build a future for myself and my child. Instead, they made me feel ashamed and unwelcome, and made it almost impossible for me to attend classes, jeopardizing my education and my future.

I was lucky enough to be able to transfer and, today, I work with other teen moms to support them in graduating on time and growing into successful adults. But the wonderful young women I work with have to overcome huge obstacles -- 30% of all teen girls who drop out of high school leave because of pregnancy, and 70% of teen girls who give birth end up leaving school.

Advocacy groups and legal experts have already told Delhi Charter School their policy of mandatory pregnancy tests and suspending pregnant students breaks several federal laws because it discriminates against female students -- it also violates the Constitution.

The Delhi Charter School says it "may rethink" the policy, but in the meantime, they can still shame pregnant students. Tell the school to immediately eliminate mandatory pregnancy tests and commit to giving pregnant students the same the same education, in the same place and at the same time, as all other students.

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      Natasha Vianna
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for supporting and signing this petition. Delhi Charter School dropped the policy!

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    • Otto Ladensack DURHAM, NC
      • almost 2 years ago

      Mandatory pregnancy tests? Is this for real? Sounds like a 4th Amendment case to me.

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    • Whois This AFRICA, ALBANIA
      • about 2 years ago

      We're not in the Dark Ages anymore.

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    • Paula Holmes CLIFTON, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      I don't mind the shaming part, but I strongly object to the suspensions. With all the information available today about birth control, they are foolish, and even stupid, to get pregnant. However, suspending them makes it more likely that they will not get the education they need to get a job, to support their child and to be come a responsible, contributing member of society. Their children may end up as part of the downward spiral, since they may be neglected, even abused, as a result of the frustration and problems these young women will face as a result of limited education. LA is already at the low end of the educational rating in this country - why would they ever want to get lower?

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    • Tyffany Berry DAVISON, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      I became a mother at age 14 and worked extremely hard to graduate high school. I wouldn't of been able to do it without the positive support of my school and my family! These girls need encouragement not negativity!!

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    • Robert O'Brien BALTIMORE, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      This is a discriminatory policy

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