Pregnant Maryland Teen Not Allowed at Graduation Ceremony
May 25 2017
Maddi Runkles isn't allowed to walk at her graduation from The Heritage Academy in Hagerstown because she's pregnant.
A student in the United States was banned from participating in her high school graduation because she is pregnant. She keeps a sonogram on her bedside table.
"You can't be pro-life, but then refuse to support the girl that keeps her baby", Runkles told Fox 5. She turned to correspondent Jan Crawford for the full story. "It's not fair to take all of her hard work away". "That way, the punishment is behind them and they're moving forward with a clean slate", he said.
Maddi Runkles, 18, has a 4.0 grade point average, was president of Student Council and an officer in the prestigious Key Club.
"Honestly, that makes me feel like maybe the abortion would have been better. People saying I'm just attention-seeking and spoiled".
Media outlets report 18-year-old Maddi Runkles was barred from the June 2 ceremony at the Heritage Academy in Hagerstown because she violated the school's code of conduct by having premarital sex. Yet, she stressed, she found her trial a "blessing".
She tearfully made the announcement to the school with her father by her side, Breitbart News reported.
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Even after all that's happened, Maddi said she would still walk at graduation, if asked.
Instead, she confided in her mother, Sharon. Her father Scott, who led the Heritage school board before quitting over his daughter's treatment, did not make an appearance. She is due to deliver her child in September, and is planning to start her college career by taking online classes through Liberty University. She told CBS she plans to name him "Grayson", in reference to God's grace and forgiveness. But that wasn't the first time she went public.
A Christian high school is defending its decision to discipline a pregnant student.
"A fine young lady, yet she made a grievous choice", Principal Hobbs said.
As president of Students for Life, Kristan Hawkins responded to Hobbs. And that's why discipline must be applied for Maddi's benefit. "With Maddi, her punishment was set four months out". "By banning her and her alone, the administration and board collectively chose to make a public example of one student and has either intentionally or unintentionally communicated to the school community that pregnancy (not simply premarital sex) is a shame and should not be observed within our school community", she said in a statement.
Pro-life teen activist Autumn Lindsey has also publicly supported Runkles with a video that accuses the school of promoting abortion by punishing Runkles so severely. Hobbs, according to Students for Life, was going to announce to the school that she had broken the rules but she volunteered to tell the school herself.