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May 11, 12:44 PM EDT

School punishes teacher for getting pregnant before married

BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich. (AP) -- A kindergarten teacher at private Christian elementary school has been placed on paid administrative leave until her contract expires because she became pregnant before she got married.

Christine John, a first-year teacher at the Village Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School in Berrien Springs, said she was asked at a meeting with school officials last week why she was four months along in her pregnancy when she had been married just two months before.

John, 24, said school officials told her that premarital sex is an act strictly forbidden by the school system and the Seventh-day Adventist religion. In the end, she was told her services were no longer necessary.

Now she's considering legal action.

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"I was very surprised. Shocked," John told the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune for a Wednesday story. "I had no clue what the meeting was about."

School officials said John was placed on administrative leave until her contract expires.

Michael Nickless, communication director for the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, said that under the school's policies, unmarried teachers who get pregnant can be fired immediately.

"In our school system, our teachers are expected to be a positive spiritual example for our congregations and youth," Nickless said in a prepared statement. "When she (John) chose behavior contrary to those values, she was placed on administrative leave.

"Even though policy allows for immediate dismissal, out of compassion, her present contract continues to be honored and she will receive full pay and benefits until the contract expires."

John said her contract runs through June 8.

A 2003 graduate of the Seventh-day Adventist Andrews University in Berrien Springs, John said she hadn't encountered any disciplinary problems with her job until last week.

The Stevensville resident said that after she became pregnant, she talked to the school's principal about taking a maternity leave.

"I never tried to hide the situation," she said.

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man. if this was spelled out in the terms of her employment, then she'd be a good candidate for the working world's equivelant of the "darwin awards."

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A kindergarten teacher at private Christian elementary school has been placed on paid administrative leave until her contract expires because she became pregnant before she got married.

I don't think that having children/getting pregnant before marriage is a good idea, but people should be allowed to do it, and they definitely shouldn't lose their jobs over it. She's getting paid though. This, combined with the fact that it is a private school, might make for a weak case.

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Originally posted by MotownRandy

I don't think that having children/getting pregnant before marriage is a good idea, but people should be allowed to do it, and they definitely shouldn't lose their jobs over it. She's getting paid though. This, combined with the fact that it is a private school, might make for a weak case.

If she were employed in the secular world, I would agree. However, she is not, and she knew or should have known that going in. Apparently, her Seventh-day Adventist education didn't stick.

When I was in the seventh grade, our teacher left in the middle of the year because she was unmarried and became pregnant. Damn shame. She really was a student favorite. And one of the strongest women I've ever seen. This was at a Detroit Catholic school, circa 1982.

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Ironically, she'd have been better off not telling the administration and just having the baby aborted.

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If she were employed in the secular world, I would agree. However, she is not, and she knew or should have known that going in. Apparently, her Seventh-day Adventist education didn't stick.

When I was in the seventh grade, our teacher left in the middle of the year because she was unmarried and became pregnant. Damn shame. She really was a student favorite. And one of the strongest women I've ever seen. This was at a Detroit Catholic school, circa 1982.

It's pretty obvious that the school has the right to fire her for this sort of thing, especially if it was specifically spelled out in her contract.

I do question whether it's actually in the schools best interest to fire her though.

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You can be christian and still get pregnant out of wedlock.

I'd be interested to see if they didn't allow children of single parents to attend the school.

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The school should not diminish its integrity by employing a woman such as this.

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Originally posted by Motor City Sonics

If this was a public school it would be an outrage.

If it were a public school, it wouldn't happen.

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If it were a public school she could have gotten a condom from one of the students, who got hers from the school.

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they should've just stuck to anal before the wedding...

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Originally posted by qsilvr2531

Ironically, she'd have been better off not telling the administration and just having the baby aborted.

Until she had to answer to her Lord, I suppose. Ironically.

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Maybe she doesn't have one of those. Or maybe she has many. Or maybe he lives in her closet and feeds her marshmallows in her sleep.

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Originally posted by billms

Maybe she doesn't have one of those. Or maybe she has many. Or maybe he lives in her closet and feeds her marshmallows in her sleep.

Maybe. Funny you should be so obsessed with marshmallows.

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Originally posted by shabba4detroit

Maybe. Funny you should be so obsessed with marshmallows.

Marshmallows are tasty. Don't you agree? Particulary well toasted.

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Originally posted by shabba4detroit

Until she had to answer to her Lord, I suppose. Ironically.

Her merciful, forgiving God? Or your God?

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Originally posted by qsilvr2531

I think you missed the ironic part.

Its a habit of his. We are all, ultimately, creatures of habit.

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Originally posted by billms

Marshmallows are tasty. Don't you agree? Particulary well toasted.

I enjoy a toasted marshmallow. A properly toasted marshmallow should be the same color as a blond woman's tan in the summertime.

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Originally posted by Buddha

Her merciful, forgiving God? Or your God?

Either or. Only He would know what was in her heart. That the Lord is forgiving is not a license to sin.

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