Hagerstown, MD: Heritage Academy Bars Pregnant Teen From Commencement

An 18-year-old student at a local Christian school has been disallowed from participating in her graduation ceremony because she is pregnant.

Maddi Runkles has maintained high marks in her classes, participated in athletics and served as student council president at Heritage Academy, but the school has barred her from “walking” at graduation on June 2, according to a story first published Sunday by The New York Times.

The Times reported that the school’s decision would have remained private had her family not sought help from Students for Life, an anti-abortion group that recently took Runkles to a rally in Washington.


In an emailed statement to Herald-Mail Media, Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life, said the group embraced Runkles’ decision against abortion as “a good thing and should be supported as such, not made into a cruel embarrassment.”

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