ACLU speaks out against controversial policy at La. high school

ACLU speaks out against controversial policy at La. high school

ACLU speaks out against controversial policy at La. high school

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by WHAS11 editors

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 9 at 12:30 PM

LOUISIANA -- A public school in Louisiana is reconsidering a controversial policy after the American Civil Liberties Union called it into question.

According to The Delhi Charter School's policy, school officials can require female students to take pregnancy tests. If students are pregnant, the school said it won't let students attend classes on campus. Officials also said students who refuse to take a pregnancy test will be treated as if they are pregnant.

Now, the ACLU is speaking out and said the policy is against the law

“It's blatantly illegal. You can't force girls who are pregnant out of school any more than you can force women out of the workplace because they are pregnant. So, what a correct policy would entail is that girls have a right to equal education, the same as everybody else, whether they ever are pregnant or not." Louise Melling with the ACLU said.

The school principal said lawyers are reviewing the policy and the school will revise its policy to ensure it follows the law.

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