Double-Standard?

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    Pay special attention to the last paragraph.

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    Pregnant Student, Banned From Graduation, Walks

    Wednesday, May 18, 2005

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A pregnant student who was banned from graduation at her Roman Catholic high school announced her own name and walked across the stage anyway at the close of the program.

    Alysha Cosby's decision prompted cheers and applause Tuesday from many of her fellow seniors at St. Jude Educational Institute (search).

    But her mother and aunt were escorted out of the church by police after Cosby headed back to her seat.

    "I can't believe something like this is happening in 2005," said her mother, Sheila Cosby. "My daughter has been through a lot and I am proud of her. She deserved to walk, and she did."

    The school's guidance counselor delivered Cosby's degree to her house earlier Tuesday, but she still wanted to participate.

    "I worked hard throughout high school and I wanted to walk with my class," she said.

    Cosby was told in March that she could no longer attend school because of safety concerns, and her name was not listed in the graduation program.

    The father of Cosby's child, also a senior at the school, was allowed to participate in graduation.
     
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    Yes. What were their "safety concerns" though? Was she due about that time and they were afraid of her giving birth during the ceremony? Not really enough info to reach a firm conclusion, but yes, it does appear to be a bit of a double-standard.
     
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    And the police escorted her Mom and Aunt out of the church after she did it.

    Good grief.

    From the Student Handbook:

    Student Pregnancy

    If a female student becomes pregnant, the Guidance Department and Administration must be notified immediately. The student will be required to bring a doctor’s note indicating her time of delivery. Medical safety, psychological wellbeing, and social issues will be taken into consideration when deciding how long a student will attend classes or extracurricular activities, if/when she needs to begin home schooling, and when she may return to school after the delivery of her child. Both the female student and the father of the child (if he attends St. Jude Educational Institute) and their parents/guardians will meet with the Principal, and Guidance Counselor to determine the need for counseling and special support.


    Social Issues? Considering it is a religious school, that kind of opens the door for interpretation.

    I think she got a bum deal.
     
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    Being a Roman Catholic I am amazed that the young lady was punished for carrying the child to term...After all the Catholic church is adamantly against abortion....and she finished her studies in order to be a productive citizen...and have the ability to care for her child....double standard seems to be rearing it's ugly head here!
     
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    I agree. It's one thing to discourage sex in high school; it's another altogether to keep someone from their graduation because they are pregnant.
     
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    In their eyes: "safety concerns" - embarrassment
     
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    I agree. But... if she was 9 mos prego at the time and about to pop any moment, I could understand why they would not want her to participate... especially considering that if something were to happen, she likely would be quick to sue. I mean, how dare they make her walk to the stage?
     
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    The more I think about this, the more torn I am on what I should feel about it.

    1. Her getting pregnant while still in school shows a lack of responsibility. Especially considering it is a religious school. Would allowing her to partake in the ceremony be akin to saying, "hey, its cool, whatever happens - happens"?

    2. Again, the legal aspect of it. What if something were to happen??

    As far as the "father" being allowed to attend, now that at least is in keeping with the liberal mantra that it is HER body and she can do what she wants with it... including PREVENTING getting pregnant (birth control or better yet, just saying "NO" and keeping her legs closed).
     
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    Let's presume that the school was truly concerned for her safety.

    Then why did they have the mom and aunt escorted out by the police?
     
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    We don't have all the info... where they hoot'n and holler'n? Where they making a scene? I guess I tend to be a bit pessimistic about things like this, so I really don't know. I have to assume that since she was the LAST to cross the stage, for them to know her aunt and mother were there, something HAD to be happening for them to be able to single them out.
     

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