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New Mexico Teen Shantelle Hicks Expelled, Forced to Announce Pregnancy to Entire School

A New Mexico teen was expelled from her middle school and then forced to announce to the entire student body that she was pregnant.

KOB reports that 15-year-old Shantelle Hicks was expelled from the Wingate boarding school near Gallup after administrators learned she was pregnant. Hick’s condition was a secret that only her sister had known about. After the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) informed the Wingate Elementary School that it is against the law to deny students access to education due to pregnancy, Hicks was readmitted.

But two weeks after that, the school director and another staff member forced Hicks to stand before an assembly and announce to the entire student body that she was pregnant.

The ACLU and the ACLU of New Mexico have filed a lawsuit against Wingate, which is run by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, on behalf of Hicks.

“It was so embarrassing to have all the other kids staring at me as I walked into the gymnasium,” said Hicks in an ACLU news release. “I didn’t want the whole school to know I was pregnant because it’s not their business, and it wasn’t right for my teachers to single me out.”

“We believe that Wingate intentionally humiliated Shantelle in retaliation for her refusal to leave the school,” ACLU of New Mexico attorney Barry Klopfer told KOB.

“It is outrageous that educators would subject a young woman in their care to such cruelty. Adopting one’s moral convictions from the Scarlet Letter is completely inappropriate and fails to take into account a child’s educational needs,” he added.

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4 Comments

  1. jimmMarch 9, 2012 at 5:41 amReply

    I’m seeing huge punitive damages here. She should be able to afford a private tutor through high school graduation if she can find a halfway competent attorney.

  2. BrandonMarch 9, 2012 at 7:13 amReply

    Hey Jim, if you weren’t half retarded you would know that ACLU sued them, not her.

  3. jimmMarch 13, 2012 at 7:15 amReply

    I read the article and more.
    The ACLU won’t give her a dime, wizzurd brain. If she wants to punish the school, she needs to find her own attorney and file civil suit.

    • Brett WilkinsMarch 13, 2012 at 7:30 amReplyAuthor

      Nobody said the ACLU is going to give her money. The ACLU filed suit on her behalf.

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