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Pro-Life Group Slams Christian School Banning Pregnant Student From Graduation

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By    |   Sunday, 21 May 2017 08:01 PM

A private Christian school in Hagerstown, Md., has barred a high school senior from participating in her graduation ceremony because she is pregnant, spurring criticism from a pro-life group, The New York Times reported Saturday.

The student, Maddi Runkles, agrees that she should be punished because she violated the school's code of conduct by having premarital sex, but says that others who have violated the code have not received as severe a penalty.

Runkles and her family decided to make her story public by reaching out to anti-abortion group Students for Life, which has unsuccessfully tried to convince the school, Heritage Academy, to reverse its decision.

Runkles, who told The Blaze that she has the support of her parents and her church for her decision to keep the baby, said she does not seek to slam her school but wants the Christian community to discuss what it means to be pro-life "when it isn't a convenient situation."

Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins told The Times that Runkles "made the courageous decision to choose life, and she definitely should not be shamed. There has got to be a way to treat a young woman who becomes pregnant in a graceful and loving way."

Heritage Academy administrator David Hobbs issued a statement on behalf of the school's board of directors that Runkles would earn a diploma and that her pregnancy was "an internal issue about which much prayer and discussion has taken place."

Association of Christian Schools International chairman of the board Rick Kempton agreed that the high school senior made the correct choice in continuing with her pregnancy, but added "you don't want to create a celebration that makes other young ladies feel like, 'Well, that seems like a pretty good option.'"

Runkles, however, pointed out what she considered the hypocrisy of many pro-life supporters.

"Some pro-life people are against the killing of unborn babies, but they won't speak out in support of the girl who chooses to keep her baby," she told The Times. "Honestly, that makes me feel like maybe the abortion would have been better. Then they would have just forgiven me, rather than deal with this visible consequence."

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A private Christian school in Hagerstown, Md., has barred a high school senior from participating in her graduation ceremony because she is pregnant, spurring criticism from a pro-life group, The New York Times reported Saturday.The student, Maddi Runkles, agrees that she...
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