LIFE

School Bars Pregnant Teen From Graduation, So Strangers Step In And Give Her Private Ceremony

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

As a high school senior, Maddie Runkles was a straight-A student, president of the student council, and a member of the school soccer team.

She also happened to be pregnant.

Maddie is now expecting a baby boy in September. But recently, she faced a different struggle: graduating. Her school barred her from attending the ceremony with her peers because of the pregnancy.

Along with her family, the teen was broken-hearted. Maddie felt that all her hard work was being erased. She told CBS Baltimore, “I worked so hard for that, and I made one mistake and all my hard work was being taken away from me.”

But when she got her diploma in the mail, she ended up getting her own graduation ceremony in a church, attended by friends and loved ones. Even if she wasn’t able to wear her cap and down and walk down the aisle with her peers, she was touched by the effort that went into the special day.

It was made even more special when she received a $16,000 college scholarship from Students For Life of America, an anti-abortion group. 

Since her story broke, she has received thousands of messages of support from strangers.

Maddie is grateful, saying, “Honestly, what I wanted from all this is that, at the end of the day, God is still God, and he’s got everything under control.”

Please SHARE if you’re happy this teen’s accomplishments were honored, as they should be!

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