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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

An injustice?

Perhaps this is a no-brainer and perhaps I am preaching to the choir here, but it seems to me an injustice has taken place at Saint Jude High School in Alabama.

Saint Jude is a Catholic high school which forbade a preganant student from participating in her high school graduation because of "safety concerns". The student decided to attend anyway, announced her own name and walked across the stage. After which her mother and aunt were escorted out of the church in which the commencement exercises were taking place.

However, the father of the child who was also a senior at the school was allowed to participate in the graduation.

First of all, while I have no problem in setting policies designed to keep teens from getting pregnant, if a student does get pregnant it would seem better for her and her child to help her finish her education and to recognize her when she does. Especially, if we want her to choose to keep her baby and not seek an abortion.

Moreover, if you are going to punish one person, should you not punish the other? Why was the father not banned from graduation? Is this not sending the wrong message that, for the man, there are fewer consequences in regards to pre-marital sex?


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