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Catholic School Teacher Fired Over Pregnancy
February 4 at 4:24 PM

Catholic School Teacher Fired Over Pregnancy

Source: abc NEWS

An unmarried teacher at a Roman Catholic middle school in Montana has been fired after getting pregnant. 

Patrick Haggarty, the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Helena, says Butte Central teacher Shaela Evenson "made a willful decision to violate the terms of her contract." He says the agreement requires that Evenson respect the moral and religious teachings of the Catholic Church in both her professional and personal life. 

Butte Central elementary and middle school principal Kerrie Hellyer tells The Montana Standard (http://bit.ly/1enCcQ0 ) that Haggarty dismissed Evenson on Jan. 10. 

Evenson taught sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade literature and physical education for just over eight years. A phone message left for her Tuesday wasn't immediately returned.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/catholic-school-teacher-fired-pregnancy-22363980 

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  • Ednarooni160
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    February 4 at 4:36 PM

    That's got to be hard..but she signed the rules..  I put life above everything..and would hope that people would reach out instead of closing doors..but it's not my church.  Actually my son's church chastized a girl that got pregnant..and that made me angry..so..I didn't even want to go to that church anymore even as a visitor.  A lot of people weren't happy about it..but no one said anything.. I don't know.. I always believe in the "don't love the sin..but LOVE the sinner"..   .  But  again..I can't speak for the Catholic church..I'm not Catholic and she signed a contract..so I have my feelings they have theirs.  I hope people in the church reach out to her. 

  • gludwig2000
    February 4 at 5:38 PM

     I'm sure that her contract included a morality clause, and if so, she shouldn't be surprised. I'm not for punishing her by losing her job, but if you sign a contract, you should abide the terms of it.

  • Sisteract
    February 4 at 5:58 PM

    Hope she won't need to turn to welfare for lack of a job and HC benefits.

  • Pema_Jampa
    February 4 at 6:27 PM

    With all due respect should she had an abortion and not told anyone? EUH!

  • PinkButterfly66
    February 4 at 6:28 PM

    Didn't this happen before and the teacher sued and won the lawsuit?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/04/christa-dias-mom-awarded-_n_3383022.html

  • Debrowsky
    February 5 at 11:17 AM

    Holding teachers to a moral standard in a religious school is very important for the students.  That is why such contracts are written up and signed.  It is very sad she had to learn in this way.

  • Pema_Jampa
    February 5 at 11:26 AM

    SMH guess the teacher's welfare and that of her unborn child is less important than their religious moral convictions. Surely God forgives, why can't they?

  • Debrowsky
    February 5 at 12:02 PM


    Quoting Pema_Jampa:

    SMH guess the teacher's welfare and that of her unborn child is less important than their religious moral convictions. Surely God forgives, why can't they?

    Discipline for wrong choices always hurts- at home and at work.  Who's to say they haven't forgiven her of it, they simply are holding to a moral standard.  It's how we learn- hopefully. :)

  • Pema_Jampa
    February 5 at 12:04 PM

    How will she afford to care for the child? You know how difficult it is to get a job when you are expecting?! SMH 

    The moral standard is less important than the welfare of the mother and child.

    Quoting Debrowsky:


    Quoting Pema_Jampa:

    SMH guess the teacher's welfare and that of her unborn child is less important than their religious moral convictions. Surely God forgives, why can't they?

    Discipline for wrong choices always hurts- at home and at work.  Who's to say they haven't forgiven her of it, they simply are holding to a moral standard.  It's how we learn- hopefully. :)


  • Debrowsky
    February 5 at 12:19 PM

    yes, it can be trying to get a job when you're pregnant - which makes the point all the more important to her and those who are learning to walk in a moral way. there are consequences to wrong behavior, think before you do things.  If she truly believes in the God she is teaching about or representing- she will find forgiveness and His more than capable Hand to lead her to another job.  Her welfare, what she believes, how she walks it out are all tied together as VERY important.

    Quoting Pema_Jampa:

    How will she afford to care for the child? You know how difficult it is to get a job when you are expecting?! SMH 

    The moral standard is less important than the welfare of the mother and child.

    Quoting Debrowsky:


    Quoting Pema_Jampa:

    SMH guess the teacher's welfare and that of her unborn child is less important than their religious moral convictions. Surely God forgives, why can't they?

    Discipline for wrong choices always hurts- at home and at work.  Who's to say they haven't forgiven her of it, they simply are holding to a moral standard.  It's how we learn- hopefully. :)



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