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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Catholic school excludes pupil for being pregnant
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¬†A student from Northern Ireland has received more than £6,000 in compensation after a Catholic school excluded her when she became pregnant. Margaret McCluskey, now aged 21, was awarded the out-of-court settlement yesterday, after being banned from Mount Lourdes Grammar School in Enniskillen in her final GCSE year. Margaret's mother received a letter from the headmaster asking her to stay away, because her pregnancy "conflicted with the ethos of the school." Other teachers at the school were very supportive, Margaret said in a BBC Woman's Hour interview this morning. Though she was not allowed to attend classes, Margaret managed to continue her studies, travelling to and from school to collect and return work. Several teachers helped her organise her timetable around the pregnancy. "On the whole Mount Lourdes is a brilliant school and the majority of teachers are fantastic," she said. "But the way I was treated was wrong." A gifted student, Margaret passed her exams with flying colours and is now in her final year at Cambridge university. Her daughter Judina is four years old.
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