This is from Montgomery, Alabama.
A pregnant Saint Jude High School student, who was told she could not participate in graduation, apparently decided to take matters into her own hands Tuesday night. Alysha Cosby announced her own name and walked across the stage after the last graduate was asked to come forward to receive his diploma.
Good for her.
Cosby, whose name was not listed on the graduation program, was told in March that she could no longer attend school because of safety concerns. She was forced to complete her class work at home. (emphasis mine)
I really doubt the claims about safety concerns.
The father of Cosby's child, also a senior at the school, was allowed to participate in graduation.
This is why childbearing should be covered by something similar to the Americans with Disabilities Act, which says things like:
society has tended to isolate and segregate individuals with disabilities, and, despite some improvements, such forms of discrimination against individuals with disabilities continue to be a serious and pervasive social problem;
the Nations proper goals regarding individuals with disabilities are to assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self- sufficiency for such individuals;
Don't pregnant, breastfeeding, and child-rearing women deserve the same? Anytime I hear someone say that pregnancy is going to mean dropping out of school or losing a job, I just want to scream.
If St. Jude High School is really an unsafe place for pregnant girls, the school should be required to upgrade their facilities and programs to provide a safe environment for all students. At that point, they would no longer be able to hide behind "safety concerns" and would have to either accept the student or plainly state, "we're rejecting you on religious grounds because of your pregnancy, but we're OK with your baby's dad and also with any other students who were having premarital sex but didn't get pregnant."
UPDATE -- See my new post with more on pregnancy equality.