A high school senior will not be allowed to participate in her high school's graduation ceremony because she is pregnant.
Maddi Runkles, 18, from Boonsboro, Maryland, goes to Heritage Academy, a small private Christian school in Hagerstown.
She discovered she was pregnant in January, just a few days after receiving a college acceptance letter, according to the New York Times.
But after she announced her pregnancy, Runkles was suspended for two days.
School officials also removed the 18-year-old from her position on student council and told her she wouldn't be able to join the rest of the senior class at graduation in June.
This is always a tough topic to touch on because A) I don't know enough about religious schools and their rules and B) it's a very hot topic. Also I'm a guy so when it comes to a woman's body I don't think my opinion counts. But I do know that everyone makes mistakes(not saying this was a mistake, it just appears that she wasn't planning on this happening). This is definitely a big, life changing experience, but I still don't know if she should be denied that awesome feeling of walking with all her classmates after graduation. She even goes on to say that after the way she's been treated, she wishes she got an abortion...
'Some pro-life people are against the killing of unborn babies, but they won't speak out in support of the girl who chooses to keep her baby,' Runkles told the Times, speaking about her school.
Runkles discovered she was pregnant in January and when she told her school, they suspended her for two days, took her off the student council and barred her from the graduation ceremony in June
'Honestly, that makes me feel like maybe the abortion would have been better. Then they would have just forgiven me, rather than deal with this visible consequence.'
It's a tough situation here because if she broke the rules, then she broke the rules(as crazy as those rules may be). Hopefully she still keeps working hard and goes to that college she was accepted to. You can read all the details here...