Pregnant Student Punished For Choosing Life

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Published on 26 May 2017, 3:30
Heritage Academy, a Christian school in Maryland has decided to prevent a student from walking in her graduation because she's pregnant. Ana Kasparian, Brett Erlich, and Grace Baldridge, the hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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"Maryland high school student Maddi Runkles, 18, is a senior with a 4.0 GPA. She’s also expecting a baby boy in September. Runkles’ story is going viral because her small Christian high school won’t let the pregnant student walk at graduation. The official reason, according to the school’s administration, is simple: “Immorality.” Bustle reached out to Heritage Academy for comment; the school referred us back to previous statements made by administrator David Hobbs. His official statement can be found here.

Runkles has attended Heritage Academy, a Christian school with 175 students located in Hagerstown, Maryland, since 2009. According to The New York Times, the school has a nine-point “statement of faith” barring “intimate sexual activity ... engaged in outside of the marriage commitment between a man and a woman.”

Runkles appears to have been a model student: In addition to her good grades, she was president of the student council, and was involved in other school organizations and sports teams. That all changed when she informed the school that she was pregnant in February. The baby’s father is not a high school student, and Runkles does not have plans to marry him.”*

Hosts: Ana Kasparian, Brett Erlich, Grace Baldridge

Cast: Ana Kasparian, Brett Erlich, Grace Baldridge


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