Teen Mother Humiliated Expelled – The Huffington Post Laura Hibbard First Posted: 03/ 7/2012 5:43 pm Updated: 03/ 9/2012 10:38 am
Shantelle Hicks, a 15-year-old from Gallup, N.M., claims she was first forced to leave the Wingate Elementary School and then publicly outed as being pregnant in front of all students and employees, KOB-TV reports.
Wingate Elementary is a public boarding school for Native American children from kindergarten through 8th grade.
Now, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, Hicks has filed suit against the school, claiming they violated her constitutional rights. According to the complaint, school officials kicked Hicks out of school after learning of her pregnancy, but readmitted her four days later when the ACLU of New Mexico informed the school that it’s illegal to deny a student access to education for being pregnant.
But two weeks after her readmission, a school counselor and the director of the middle school forced the teen to stand before the middle school assembly and announced her condition — allegedly before anyone but her sister knew.
“It was so embarrassing to have all the other kids staring at me as I walked into the gymnasium,” said Hicks, according to KOB. “I didn’t want the whole school to know I was pregnant because it’s not their business, and it wasn’t right for my teachers to single me out.”
According to the suit, school officials informed Hicks that she would be a “bad example” to other students, and requested she attend another school, a Washington Post local report states.
“It is outrageous that educators would subject a young woman in their care to such cruelty,” ACLU of New Mexico cooperating attorney Barry Klopfer said, according to the Indian Country Today Community Network.
The girl’s mother, Vicky Hicks, says her daughter’s public humiliation was wrong.
“[Students] shouldn’t be treated differently because they’re pregnant,” Hicks told KOAT-TV.
The lawsuit was filed on March 6th and seeks punitive damages and declaratory relief for violation of constitutional rights to equal protection and of the Title IX prohibition against sex and pregnancy discrimination in education.
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Surprised but there are ‘reasons‘. Perhaps there could one day be sample mothers opting to give birth on the school stage (these teen mothers should be able to choose who is allowed to attend, so those who were less than friendly or competitors at whatever will not benefit from the event) to empower and educate future mothers, instead of this humiliate hapless teen mothers thing. Try watching the (very tritely and superfluously presented) valley girl personae (couldn’t they choose a more race neutral type who is less quasi-cool to do the part, Ellen Page kinda killed the lead character . . . ) going about her business in Juno (2007 Jason Reitman). Santorums quip about pregnant mothers is quite an eye opener . . . one would think he’d be more inclusive than to go he’ll ‘kick them in their butt‘. Most of them are kids and got pregnant accidentally, though a small percentage were being disruptive and are indeed destroying society, overall though most are unfortunates who already are pariahs by their state. Whats wrong with you Santorum?
Paul Krugman: Ignorance Is Strength – Posted: 03/ 8/2012 11:21 pm
Students holding placards try to attract other students to their cause during a protest at the California State University of Los Angeles campus on March 6, 2012 in California. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
One way in which Americans have always been exceptional has been in our support for education. First we took the lead in universal primary education; then the “high school movement” made us the first nation to embrace widespread secondary education. And after World War II, public support, including the G.I. Bill and a huge expansion of public universities, helped large numbers of Americans to get college degrees.
But now one of our two major political parties has taken a hard right turn against education, or at least against education that working Americans can afford.
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Read the cynical truth (or postulation on the final unpleasant result of Big Government) in this response.
The GOP wants an underclass, and yet cannot afford the risk of 3rd world labour and the potential for terrorism and overpopulation. They want a pool of trailer trash to use, so they keep education unaffordable. Cynical suppression of upward mobility. Fearfully (also suspiciously) though, the Church by condemning use of prophylactics could actually be CREATING an underclass out of unabortable (3 week max to act before personhood) orphans in orphanages which will further propagate the underclass . . . this will ensure an uneducated poor group which are then AFTER seeding by the Catholic Church, are ‘encouraged’ by the far right Liberals to racially mix and change names and be gay or whatever as well as remain poor and thus take over work that migrants used to do. Hegelian dialectic. Get the picture?
A Note On CNN
Just look at the title above – Ignorance is Strength?!? Neurolinguistic programming (NLP) or coincidental bad scripting? Then try this soundbite from CNN’s advert/interlude : ” . . . can be punished for that opinion” . . . as announcer Richard Quest reads from the script and montage of images. Punished for that opinion?!?
1st Amendment and Freedom of speech, implies that opinions in themselves are not punishable. Much like Voltaire’s right to freedom of speech and by extension right to life. What does CNN mean can be punished (for an opinion)? Any opinion may also be arguable from an ‘existential rights’ standpoint. And people will decide to listen or not to listen, who does the punishing? CNN almost sounds like the devil’s advocate here by flippantly spouting ‘chilling effect’ scripts in their interludes.
All persons are equal so why does voicing an opinion result in punishment?!? Disappointing or more than dangerously ambiguous, CNN!
Richard Quest, like most big name anchors earns 5-10 million yearly and has been doing so for the last 3 decades or more. Wealth distribution and fair treatment of stockholders you networks! A supposed to be serious company like Time Warner (unless crypto-nepotism/proxy-ism enrichment intent), would never pay a mere mouthpiece at such quantums for fear of offending the stockholders. 10 anchors means up to 100 million in salaries yer gits! An ‘anchor’ deserves to retire at no more than 5 times a 401K at most, and even 2.05M for an news reader is excessive by today’s standards! Too damn toff! 1% plutocrat news anchors are an abomination and a blight upon society !!!