Protect Female Students from Illegal and Discriminatory Pregnancy Policy

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Target: Delhi Charter School in Louisiana

Goal: Urge Delhi Charter School to revoke its policy requiring female students to take pregnancy tests on-demand.

The Delhi Charter School has instituted a policy called the Student Pregnancy Policy which grants it the right to require that female students take a pregnancy test if suspected to be pregnant by a member of their staff. Students found pregnant or who refuse to submit to a pregnancy test will no longer be allowed to attend classes on campus.

Although this policy is both illegal and discriminatory—consequences for male students are virtually non-existent while their female peers risk expulsion and public scrutiny—the school claims it exists to maintain an environment consistent with its high standards. However, the Delhi Charter School is ultimately choosing to protect its image over the welfare of its students; it is eschewing its responsibility as an educational institution in favor of this superficial policy.

Ideally schools should focus on preventing and minimizing the rates of student pregnancy through sex education and counseling. They should be sensitive to the fact that teenagers who do become pregnant are already at a disadvantage both socially and educationally, and the last thing they need is to be isolated or demonized.

By signing the petition below, you will be putting a stop to a policy that encourages active discrimination against female students and violates their right to privacy and public education.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Delhi Charter School,

Your Student Pregnancy Policy is inconsistent with your goal of creating an environment that promotes character development in your students and reflects your high standards.

This policy violates students’ privacy, discriminates against your female students while overlooking irresponsible behavior in your male students, and sends the message that public appearance takes priority over the welfare and education of your students; above all else, it is ineffective.

I urge you to examine the long-term consequences and implications of this policy, and consider taking a more proactive stand against teen pregnancy through increased sexual education and other prevention strategies. Rather than fear of punishment, please make support and education your first priority when it comes to your students.

Sincerely,
[Your name here]

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2 Comments

  1. S. D. Kennedy says:

    The Principal and Board, Delhi Charter School,
    As a long-time teacher of Secondary School Students, and mother of a daughter, I am appalled at the invasion of privacy imposed on female students in your school. You have a duty of care to all your students, to support. encourage and educate each to achieve the maximum amount possible. To discriminate against and actively invade the private life of your female students is illegal and unethical – not to mention unprofessional. There are many, many programmes in schools which are supportive of students who are pregnant. It is, indeed,implicit in their Mission Statements – to enable all students to achieve to the absolute maximum degree. You know, as I do, that there are many circumstances in which a young girl may be force to carry a baby. Support the student to become an educated young woman who will be a credit to your school and to herself and her family.
    Regards, Susan Kennedy
    Susan Kennedy

  2. The Principal and Board, Delhi Charter School, Bottom line: “If it ain’t YOUR body, then it ain’t YOUR BUSINESS !!!” Leave the girls alone until the day when you punish the selfish, stupid, spoiled males who caused the problem in the first place! Yeah, like THAT’S ever going to happen!

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