When Jarretta Hamilton, a Black elementary school teacher from Saint Cloud, Florida, told her principal she was pregnant, the first question he asked was when she had conceived. She answered that it was three weeks before her wedding on Feb 20th, 2009. Little did she know that according to the “morality rules” at Southland Christian School, teachers are prohibited from “fornication,” sex before marriage. She was fired a week after her announcement. In a statement to Hamilton’s lawyer, a school administrator said “Jarretta was asked to leave because of a moral issue that was disregarded, namely fornication, sex outside of marriage,” reports MSNBC. Hamilton is suing the school for discrimination and invasion of privacy for spelling out the details behind her termination to parents and students. School officials have responded by advising Hamilton to “withdraw her complaint and consider the testimony of the Lord.”
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