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FL Teacher Fired From Christian School Because of PreMarital Sex...

When Jarretta Hamilton, an elementary school teacher at Southland Christian School in Florida, applied for maternity leave, she was shocked to be asked when the baby was conceived. Hamilton replied honestly, the principal did some math (the babymaking occurred three weeks prior to her wedding day), and soon after fired her for "fornication.”

What do you think? Does a school (any school) have the right to monitor the sexual life of a teacher? And does it matter if it's a Christian School?

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Asked by SabrinaMBowen at 12:34 PM on Jun. 14, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 12:34 PM on Jun. 14, 2010

  • I'm guessing none of the fat teachers were fired for gluttony.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:34 PM on Jun. 14, 2010

  • well, I'm sure she signed a morality clause, in which case, yep, they had every right to fire her

    Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 12:35 PM on Jun. 14, 2010

  • If she signed a contract stating so, then yes, the school has a right. But other than that, the principle needs to wash the sand out of his vagina more often, not his business

    Answer by Zakysmommy at 12:35 PM on Jun. 14, 2010

  • Private schools can do anything they want I still don't see how it is right!

    Answer by older at 12:36 PM on Jun. 14, 2010

  • It is sad, she is married now-it is not like she is out of wed. We are losing so many great teachers, I hope she is not one of them.

    People judge too much!!!

    Answer by KFree907 at 12:39 PM on Jun. 14, 2010

  • The school is wrong, unless her contract stated differently.

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 12:40 PM on Jun. 14, 2010

  • There is NO mention of a morality clause in the article... Here's what the it says...

    "The school argues that as a educator at a Christian school, teacher must model the values that the school espouses, like no sex before marriage. But Hamilton’s lawyer says that even religious schools must adhere to discrimination laws, and that teachers serve a secular purpose, not a religious one."

    I would assume if there was paperwork which required her to stay abstinent, the school would be making sure everyone knows it... But they simply feel she "must have model values" and there is no mention of a contractual clause...

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 12:42 PM on Jun. 14, 2010

  • Oh that's a fine line since due dates can be off.... good to hear she has a lawyer!!


    Answer by Morgain at 12:45 PM on Jun. 14, 2010

  • i just finished reading this story on another site and i feel so bad for the teacher. she willingly told the principal that she conceived out of wedlock b/c she didnt want to lie and she had NO idea they would fire her for it. im sure if she had signed a morality clause she would have been smart enough to pretend the baby was conceived on their wedding night or something. you can easily flub conception dates. also, the principal crossed the line when he told all staff and her classroom kid's parents the reason she was fired...totally classless. also, in the article i read it said he wasnt happy about having to give her maternity leave either and thats why he asked her about the conception date. very unprofessional.

    also, this isnt a 20 something woman. the teacher is a widower w/ 5 kids from her first marriage so its not like she was going to be a virgin on her wedding night, anyway.

    Answer by okmanders at 12:53 PM on Jun. 14, 2010

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