Maddi Runkles, an 18 year old senior at Heritage Academy, a Christian school in Hagerstown, Maryland, became pregnant this year. Heritage Academy’s code of conduct bans students from using drugs and alcohol and engaging in premarital sex.
Heritage Academy suspended Maddi for two days and stripped her of her leadership positions. Worst of all, the school will not allow her to walk at graduation on June 2nd.
Maddi broke the code of conduct and fully admits her mistake. She could have covered up her mistake with a tragedy, by getting an abortion. The school would have never known (and neither might her parents, since Maddi is 18). Instead, Maddi chose life for her child, and is now being punished for it.
If the school wants to encourage young single moms to choose
life, it should not punish Maddi so severely. Students for Life of America
president Kristan Hawkins said of Maddi, “[s]he made the courageous decision to
choose life, and she definitely should not be shamed.” Forgiveness and grace are
also Christian values, and Heritage Academy could demonstrate them now by
allowing Maddi to walk at graduation.