Pregnant Teen Celebrates Private Graduation After Christian School Bars Her from Official Ceremony

Maddi Runkles, an 18-year-old honor student whose Christian school barred her from “walking” with her graduation class after she became pregnant, celebrated her graduation in a private ceremony attended by more than 100 family, friends, and supporters. Runkles, who attended Heritage Academy, a Christian school in Hagerstown, Maryland, was barred from the school’s official graduation ceremony because the school board is “holding her accountable for her immorality,” stated David Hobbs, the school’s principal. “Maddi is being disciplined, not because she’s pregnant, but because she was immoral,” Hobbs said in a statement posted on the school’s website, explaining that students at the school sign a scripturally based pledge that states they will protect their bodies “by abstaining from sexual immorality and from the use of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs.” In an interview with Breitbart News, Runkles said that while other students at Heritage Academy have broken some of the other rules of the pledge, “They’ve never suffered a punishment as severe as mine.” Hobbs, she said, initially decided he would tell the entire school that she had broken the rule about pre-marital sex. She was also stripped of her leadership positions and informed she would not be permitted to complete her senior year at school but

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