Sometimes the most inspirational stories come from people that they “can’t do it” and that they “can’t make it” because of decisions they have made. That is one of Planned Parenthood’s favorite arguments when they are encouraging women and young girls to get an abortion. This is what a Maryland high school senior was told by both PP and her school. However, she has not become discouraged. In fact, it has made her more confident and determined to bring her child into this world and raise him.
Maddi Runkles, 18-years-old, has been barred from her high school graduation on June 2nd because sh violated the school’s code of conduct. She did so by having premarital sex, resulting in a pregnancy. Heritage Academy therefore suspended Runkles once they were aware, and suspended her for two days as well as removed her from student council.
I understand that the school wants to teach Christian morals and hold the students to it. However, to hold her back from her graduation ceremony because she made a mistake is ridiculous. People like this are what make Christians look bad! We are supposed to forgive and love, not judge and condemn.
Runkles’ father once sat on the Heritage board and recused himself from decisions involving his daughter. But he ultimately quit the board to protest how she was treated.
Runkles says she feels she has been treated more harshly than students who have been suspended for other reasons. The baby’s father doesn’t attend Heritage Academy, Runkles said.
The two don’t plan on marrying. Anti-abortion organization Students for Life says Runkles shouldn’t be punished for her pregnancy, but should be praised for choosing to keep the baby.
The New York Times quoted Heritage Academy Administrator David Hobbs as saying in a statement that the matter is “an internal issue about which much prayer and discussion has taken place.” The statement was issued on behalf of the school’s board of directors.
Should the school be able to bar her from the graduation ceremony for this?
Here is the pro-life message Runkles gave:
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