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post #1 of 51
Thread Starter 
Have you heard about the teen mom who is suing her school district because they are penalizing her for her absences; the absences are due to her supposed need to care for her own sick child?

I'm not sure what I think of this...because in the "real" world there are rules. Working moms can't simply stay home every time their kids are sick, although FMLA also covers certain situations--obviously FMLA wasn't intended for high schoolers who get pregnant. Also, there are some kids who are penalized because they have low life parents who make them, the older child, stay home to babysit a younger sibling while the parent works--this usually happens in inner city schools (from what I learned in grad school). It isn't fair that those kids are penalized for excessive absence if the teen mom wins her case & gets away with it.

YET, I have to respect her for staying in school--ya know?

What do you think?
post #2 of 51
Im glade she is still in school but rules are rules .
post #3 of 51
First, here is a link to the story:Teen Mom Sues School Over Truancy Policy - EducationNews Story - WKMG Orlando

Second, she is playing the victim, where I do not believe that she is one.

Here is how I see it. We all understand how babies are actually conceived. If we attend a public school, we are taught about conception when we are in the 6th grade. So, there is no excuse for her getting pregnant. If she couldn't afford birth control, there are federal and state programs that provide birth control to teens who can't afford it, and parents don't have to know about it either. So, she made a choice. A bad choice.

Here is a quote from the article:
"It is outrageous to threaten this young woman, who hopes to make a better life for her family through her education, when she needs to exercise her fundamental right to be a parent," Widener attorney Monica Cliatt said in a news conference at its law school campus in suburban Harrisburg.

Fundamental right to be a parent??? No one has a "right" to be a parent. Being a parent is a responsibility. She spread her legs for some guy and got knocked up. She should have kept her pants on. The child is 2 years old. The mother is 16 years old. This means she got pregnant when she was 14!!!!!! She had a choice to make. She made her choice and produced a child. She needs to live with the consequences.

I'm sure that she has other options - night school; GED classes; a tutor provided by the school system.

It makes me furious that yet again, we have a victim mentality when it comes to teenagers making choices and living with their consequences. You made a choice - now make it work and stop your whining.

Off my soapbox now.
post #4 of 51
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Originally Posted by anniebananie View Post

First, here is a link to the story:Teen Mom Sues School Over Truancy Policy - EducationNews Story - WKMG Orlando

Second, she is playing the victim, where I do not believe that she is one.

Here is how I see it. We all understand how babies are actually conceived. If we attend a public school, we are taught about conception when we are in the 6th grade. So, there is no excuse for her getting pregnant. If she couldn't afford birth control, there are federal and state programs that provide birth control to teens who can't afford it, and parents don't have to know about it either. So, she made a choice. A bad choice.

Here is a quote from the article:
"It is outrageous to threaten this young woman, who hopes to make a better life for her family through her education, when she needs to exercise her fundamental right to be a parent," Widener attorney Monica Cliatt said in a news conference at its law school campus in suburban Harrisburg.

Fundamental right to be a parent??? No one has a "right" to be a parent. Being a parent is a responsibility. She spread her legs for some guy and got knocked up. She should have kept her pants on. The child is 2 years old. The mother is 16 years old. This means she got pregnant when she was 14!!!!!! She had a choice to make. She made her choice and produced a child. She needs to live with the consequences.

I'm sure that she has other options - night school; GED classes; a tutor provided by the school system.

It makes me furious that yet again, we have a victim mentality when it comes to teenagers making choices and living with their consequences. You made a choice - now make it work and stop your whining.

Off my soapbox now.


You go anniebananie!!!!!
post #5 of 51
That sickens me to think someone can refer to a childs life as spreading your legs and getting knocked up havent you ever made a mistake in your life. I personally got pregnant in high school and know how hard it is. If you havent ever been in this situation how can you judge it.
post #6 of 51
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Originally Posted by amanda21 View Post

That sickens me to think someone can refer to a childs life as spreading your legs and getting knocked up havent you ever made a mistake in your life. I personally got pregnant in high school and know how hard it is. If you havent ever been in this situation how can you judge it.

I did not, and do not refer to the child of this child as spreading one's legs and getting knocked up. I refer to the act that created the child as spreading one's legs and getting knocked up.

In fact, I feel bad for this child, because his mother is but a child herself. Because most likely, this pattern will be repeated.

It is not about making a mistake. It's about making a choice. In this case, a choice that not only has ramifications for the mother, but for the child. And that is what bugs me. No one can tell me that in today's enviornment of 24 hour information, that teenagers don't know how to prevent pregnancy. She could have taken steps to prevent an unwanted pregnancy, and if she had, she would not be suing her school district now. Instead, she chose to have unprotected sex; resulting in a child (but it could have resulted in her death (AIDS is still around, and is rising in heterosexual adolescents)).

Now she wants someone else to take care of the consequences due to her actions. She chose to do a grown up thing by having a child. Now she must continue to do the grown up thing by figuring out how to fix it on her own.
post #7 of 51
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Originally Posted by anniebananie View Post


It is not about making a mistake. It's about making a choice.



Now she wants someone else to take care of the consequences due to her actions. She chose to do a grown up thing by having a child. Now she must continue to do the grown up thing by figuring out how to fix it on her own.


Annie, I could not agree more with everything you said, but these statements just jumped out at me and I REALLY could not agree more! Well said!
post #8 of 51
I have alot of compassion for troubled girls in high school I try to understand peoples situation before I jugde it I work with a ministry that is focused on girls just like these so I am sensitive on this subject.
post #9 of 51
Thread Starter 
I think what bugs me is the fact she is demanding special treatment solely because she is a teen mom. Like I said, plenty of working moms would love to take off work every time their child needed them--but with the responsibility of a job, comes the responsibility of following the rules. Right now, that girl's "job" is to maintain her position being a student. If she is unable to fulfill the requirements, she should "quit the job." Like someone said upthread...she could earn her GED at night/weekends & be at home taking care of her child during the day.
post #10 of 51
amanda21, I notice you're new here, so I thought I'd just let you know that anniebananie and 2bearsmom and myself also consider ourselves compassionate people. But I think what we're saying is that while we have compassion for the situation, we also expect the girl to accept the consequences of the situation that she put HERSELF in, and to be responsible. That would include going to school if she expects the school to graduate her.
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