Shantelle Hicks says she was humiliated when staffers at her New Mexico school forced her to disclose the fact that she was pregnant during a school-wide assembly.

“It was so embarrassing to have all the other kids staring at me as I walked into the gymnasium,” said Hicks, according to news affilate KOB. “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.”

Initially, 15-year-old Hicks was kicked out of school for being pregnant. But after lawyers from the ACLU told administrators at Wingate Elementary School–a K-8 public boarding school for Native American children–that it was illegal to deny Hicks access to education because she was pregnant, they let her back in. However, two weeks later, she was forced to go before the school and admit she was pregnant.

With the assistance of the ACLU, Hicks recently filed a lawsuit against her former school. She asserts they violated her constitutional rights to education and discriminated against her because she was pregnant. The lawsuit alleges that school officials told Hicks she would be a “bad example” to others and asked her to leave the school, but she wanted to stay.

According to the Huffington Post, “The lawsuit was filed on March 6th and seeks punitive damages and declaratory relief for violation of constitutional rights to equal protection and of the Title IX prohibition against sex and pregnancy discrimination in education.”

What do you think about the school’s decision to out Hicks in front of the entire school?

  • Buttons

    @ 2 Cents

    Do you know that is exactly what took place at this shower? The baby had a leather coat, Timberland boots, designer this, designer that…I mean you name it. It was absolutely ridiculous- and that’s not all. They had organized games and tailored to the mother and father to be and gave a way prizes. Do you hear me?? I said to myself what in the world are we doing?? Grown adults, grandmother, aunts, cousins, celebrating like they had just graduated from medical school. The elders have really dropped the ball.

  • LAD86

    If one has a birthday between January – mid June, then they would be 14 in the 8th grade, 15 in the 9th grade and graduating high school at 18.

  • chinaza

    One could equally argue that it violates the constitutional rights of non-pregnant students to have a pregnant student in the setting of a school which is not by expressed law nor intent designed for pregnant mothers.
    If she had a miscarriage in the classroom is that reasonable and appropriate for her classmates?
    Who bears liability for exposure to her body fluids in that setting?
    Can parents of non-pregnant students hold the school liable for corrupting their minor children by allowing this child in the classroom?
    We can deride these propositions but a legal basis can be found for all of them.
    So the rights of all parties must be considered.