School Forces Students to Take Pregnancy Tests

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pregnancy testI can't really think of any "good" way to find out your teenage daughter is pregnant, can you? But the shenanigans at one charter school in Louisiana certainly ranks up on the list of "worst ways" to discover you're about to be a grandmother. When officials at the public school suspect a student is pregnant, they force her to get a pregnancy test.

Oh, and if she refuses or if she tests positive, the poor kid is kicked out of the Delhi Charter School. Pardon the rather crass response here: but are these people friggin nuts?

I'm going to say it again: I don't want my daughter ending up a teen mom. I would like her to have the advantages that come with being a grown woman with a career before the baby fairy comes a callin'.

But life happens. Kids happen. And if it came to pass, here's how I would want it to go down: I'd want her to take the pregnancy test at home ... not with some judgmental physician chosen by the school (part of Delhi's rules) hovering just outside the bathroom stall. She's sure to be under enough stress finding out she's pregnant; she doesn't need more.

What she would need is me, her mom, there to comfort her and help her start to plan our next steps as a family. And you had better believe that plan would include doing everything possible to ensure she stayed in school and got her high school diploma.

Pregnancy still ranks as the number one reason teenage girls drop out of school. The burden high school dropouts put on the economy is extraordinary -- by some estimates it's as much as $8 billion on the shoulders of the American taxpayer -- and then you have to add in the emotional costs. It's bad for the teen, bad for her baby, bad for the community. And yet, surveys of those who dropped out have shown the majority would have stuck with it until graduation if they'd just had some adult support to make sure it happened.

What's happening in Delhi, Louisiana right now is being challenged by the ACLU for its likely illegality because the school receives public funding. But this type of discrimination against public teens shouldn't be practiced anywhere -- even private schools -- unless the message we want to send our kids is "we wish you the absolute worst in life." Who really wants to tell their kid that?

What would you do if your kid's school forced her to take a pregnancy test?


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the4m... the4mutts

Wow, wow, wow, wow.

I'm glad we have cell phones now-a-days. If that were my kids' school policy, I would tell my child to lock that bathroom doorc call me, and don't come out till I got there if they ever tried to force her to submit to one.

Then I would sue their asses!

I'm not a sue happy person, but when it comes to my children, nobody better ever try to force my child to take any medicine, take any medical test, submit body fluids, or force them to piss on command. Or anything similar. I would smack-a-bitch.

wjbra... wjbrady2011

I have a son but if I had a daughter I would be furious.

holly... hollybryn313

My 18 year old had a pregnancy scare not too long ago, and we dealt with it as mother and daughter. Being a teen mom myself, I knew exactly what was going through her head and was able to keep her calm through the whole ordeal. Luckily it was only a scare and we were able to put it behind us - I'm not ready to be a grandma yet!!!

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

They're probably doing this instead of giving kids proper sex education.....>.<

nonmember avatar Michelle

So the girl gets kicked out for turning up a positive pregnancy test but the boy who knocked her up DOESN'T??!! (assuming he goes to the same school)...? I am having a hard time believing this is real it is SO ridiculous.

Aunt_... Aunt_ning

I can't imagine my mothers reaction to this. I was told I didn't even have to tell the school my weight/height or let them force me on a scale/ruler thingy if I didnt want to. Which I never did, told them it was none of their business and their job is to teach me not weigh me. (I was a healthy weight too, just done of their damn business)  If they had ever tried to force me to take a pregnancy test (not that it would have even had a chance to be positive I was a virgin till 21)  My mother would have flipped Ape Shit.

Angel... AngelicAramina

i have only a little boy atm butttt if i have a girl some day and if this is the policy at school, she WILL be changing schools. im a teen mom now (only 17) and if this would've happened to me i would've been embarassed. you should never do that. its hard enough thinking i could be pregnant what will my parents think etc but to have an adult that everyone says to trust force you into it is wrong. smh people go about the wrong way of things.

MamaR... MamaRamma

I'm pretty sure this is illegal!

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