Pregnant teen barred from high school graduation

Posted at 11:57 AM, May 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-24 13:30:40-04

BOONSBORO, Md. (AP) - A Maryland high school senior has been barred from participating in her school's graduation ceremony because she is pregnant.

Media outlets report 18-year-old Maddi Runkles discovered she was pregnant in January. The teen attends Heritage Academy, a small private Christian school in Hagerstown. Upon Runkles' pregnancy announcement, school officials also suspended her for two days and removed Runkles from her student council position.

Runkles says she feels she has been treated more harshly than students who have been suspended for other reasons.

Anti-abortion organization Students for Life says Runkles shouldn't be punished for her pregnancy, but should be praised for choosing to keep the baby.

Heritage Academy Administrator David Hobbs issued a statement calling Runkles' pregnancy "an internal issue about which much prayer and discussion has taken place."

The school says Runkle's violated the Code of Conduct of having premarital sex.

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