Rear Window Ethics Rear Window Ethics: Preggers Grad Walks

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Preggers Grad Walks

A pregnant student who was banned from her graduation called out her own name and walked across the stage at the close of the ceremony.
Alysha Cosby’s decision prompted cheers and applause Tuesday from many of her fellow seniors at St. Jude Educational Institute.

But her mother and aunt were escorted out of the church by police after Cosby headed back to her seat.
Good for her! Not that I think it's good for people to get pregnant at that age, but if she fulfilled the requirements of graduation, why shouldn't she be allowed to walk with the rest of her classmates (including the baby's father!)?

When I graduated high school, a girl in our class who had a baby sewed a little cap and gown and the child wore it as she carried him across the stage to accept her diploma. Some people had a problem with it, for various reasons, but I thought that if she could complete the requirements while raising a child, she should be commended.

Where I grew up, plenty of teenage mothers dropped out altogether, despite the fact that our high school had a daycare center. Shouldn't we recognize student mothers who care enough about their babies' futures to graduate?

AP: Pregnant Grad Defies Ban From Ceremony