Pregnant Student Barred from High School Graduation Ceremony


After reading both sides of the story, do you support the school’s decision? Or should Maddi Runkles be allowed to graduate alongside her classmates?

A high school senior who attends a private Christian school in Maryland will not get a chance to attend her graduation ceremony because she is pregnant.

The Heritage Academy in Hagerstown said Maddi Runkles violated the school’s code of conduct by having premarital sex. However, Runkles and her parents are struggling to understand how their conservative Christian high school can teach and promote being pro-life, but then turn their backs on one of their own. (Fox5)


Students for Life, the nations largest pro-life youth organization, has come out with statements of strong support for Maddi to be allowed to graduate with her classmates;

“When we heard about Maddi’s situation, we wanted to not only help her, but also show all of her peers at the school, and in schools across the nation, that choosing not to have an abortion is a good thing and should be supported as such, not made into a cruel embarrassment,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “By treating Maddi without the grace mandated by our Christian faith and handing down a punishment that was inconsistent with how other students were punished they created a terrible example of what being a pro-life Christian is really supposed to embody.” (SFLA)


Heritage Academy is not backing away from its decision:

Despite a public outcry and growing pressure from national antiabortion groups to reconsider, Heritage Academy in Hagerstown says that senior Maddi Runkles broke the school’s rules by engaging in intimate sexual activity. In a letter to parents Tuesday evening, school principal David R. Hobbs said that Runkles is being disciplined, “not because she is pregnant but because she was immoral. … The best way to love her right now is to hold her accountable for her morality that began this situation.” (WaPo)


CBS This Morning interviewed both Maddi, and Heritage Academy Principal Dave Hobbs:


Which side of this controversy do you fall on? Weigh in with your comments below.



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