AJC: Charter School Mandates Pregnancy Tests For Students Suspected Of Being Pregnant

Source: Maureen Downey / Atlanta Journal Constitution

A Louisiana charter school is in the news this week for its policy of mandating pregnancy tests for female students if there are any suspicions that the girls are pregnant. And then kicks out anyone who is pregnant.

Dehli Charter School in Dehli, La., has 600 students in grades k-12 and presents its pregnancy policy as an effort to maintain its high standard for student character.

In its policy book, Dehli Charter School states: “The school reserves the right to require any female student to take a pregnancy test to confirm whether or not the suspected student is in fact pregnant. The school further reserves the right to refer the student to a physician of its choice. If the test indicates that the student is pregnant, the student will not be permitted to attend classes on the campus of Dehli Charter School.”

The policy goes on to say that the student can purchase a homeschooling program if she wishes to continue her education.

To read this article in its entirety visit the Atlanta Journal Constitution.