From the “holy shit” file.
A charter school in Delhi, Louisiana is requiring students suspected of being pregnant to take pregnancy tests.
In a Louisiana public school, female students who are suspected of being pregnant are told that they must take a pregnancy test. Under school policy, those who are pregnant or refuse to take the test are kicked out and forced to undergo home schooling.
Welcome to Delhi Charter School, in Delhi, Louisiana, a school of 600 students that does not believe its female students have a right to education free from discrimination. According to its Student Pregnancy Policy, the school has a right to not only force testing upon girls, but to send them to a physician of the school administration’s choice. A positive test result, or failure to take the test at all, means administrators can forbid a girl from taking classes and force her to pursue a course of home study if she wishes to continue her education with the school.
If you’re pregnant, you can show yourself to the door. Your education is over.
And because this is Louisiana, don’t even think about having an abortion. And that birth control or emergency contraception that could have prevented your pregnancy? We don’t want you to have that either. Birth control is the devil. And when your baby is born, we don’t want you to be eligible for food stamps. You can forget free school lunches as well. And healthcare is a privilege, not a right.
In short — you’re fucked.
I would hasten to point out that because it is a charter school, there is no school board which answers to local residents or taxpayers despite receiving taxpayer funding.
That does not mean the school is free to violate the law however and, as the ACLU points out, this is both unconstitutional and a violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
By the way, how many parents would consent to their child’s school forcing them to take a pregnancy test? I can’t even imagine what would lead someone at any school to believe they have that authority.