Heritage Christian Academy in Rockwall, Texas recently fired science teacher and volleyball coach Cathy Samford, who is 39 weeks pregnant and unwed (video below).
Samford told ABC News: “I’m not just some teacher that went out to a bar and got pregnant and went back to school saying it’s okay. I was in a committed relationship the whole time and probably would have been married if things had gone differently and this would be a non-situation.”
“I didn’t think I would lose my job. I was in shock and devastated and that’s when I said, ‘If this is the problem, I’m willing, and so is my fiancé, to go ahead and get married.’ That wasn’t the issue. We were going to get married regardless.”
Heritage Christian Academy headmaster Dr. Ron Taylor told ABC News: “It doesn’t change that her behavior was out of wedlock. It’s not that she’s pregnant. The issue here is being an unmarried mother. … Everything that we stand for says that we want our teachers, who we consider to be in the ministry, to model what a Christian man or woman should be.”
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With the help of her attorney, Samford has filed charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for gender and pregnancy discrimination.