August 8th, 2012
10:40 AM ET

Louisiana school reconsiders policy that can force students to take pregnancy test

by Tom Watkins, CNN

(CNN) - A publicly funded school in Louisiana said Tuesday that it may rethink requiring students suspected of being pregnant to be tested medically and, if pregnant, to be home schooled.

"There have never been any complaints from students or parents about the school's policy," Delhi Charter School principal Chris Broussard said in a statement issued a day after the American Civil Liberties Union sent him a letter criticizing the policy.

"However, in light of the recent inquiry, the current policy has been forwarded to the law firm of Davenport, Files & Kelly in Monroe, Louisiana, to ensure that necessary revisions are made so that our school is in full compliance with the constitutional law."

Under the school's policy, which is posted on its website, "The school reserves the right to require any female student to take a pregnancy test to confirm whether or not the suspected student is in fact pregnant."

In cases where a test determines that one of the school's approximately 700 students is pregnant, "the student will not be permitted to attend classes on the campus of Delhi Charter School," it says.

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  1. Dave

    If the school reverses it's stand here for legal reasons, I certainly hope they make every effort to instill in the students the values that made this a necessary policy in the first place.

    Teen parenting is not a good or desirable goal for mom, dad or baby!

    Lets have a broader discussion about how harmful a practice, intentional or unintentional, teen parenting is along with the inevitable practice of actively excluding dads (or moms) in the single family homes that regularly result from teen pregnancies.

    August 9, 2012 at 10:34 am |