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I’ve been feeling lots of love towards Louisiana lately, the Saints season is starting back up, there’s a couple of festivals going on each weekend, and then BAM, I read about a Louisiana high school that has adopted a policy of not letting pregnant students or students who refuse to take a pregnancy test attend class (1).

My love for Louisiana came crashing down, and I remember I live in a place that still needs to learn a thing or two about education and human rights. Honestly, what chance do these girls have in life if they can’t get a high school degree? This also punishes their children too, what kind of job is a high school dropout with a kid going to be able to get, how will she support herself and a child?

If a girl is pregnant and is still attempting to go to school, shouldn’t educators do all they can to help, not hinder or punish her for her decision? In my opinion, this policy encourages abortion as well, and I don’t think that was this socially conservative school’s goal. This school is setting up pregnant teens for a poor, uneducated, and most likely government assisted life which is something schools should be trying to prevent.

Luckily this policy is under review now that it’s received national attention, but it’s already been in place for 6 years.  With Louisiana’s high teen pregnancy rate, who knows how many girls have been affected by this rule. This school should focus it’s policy towards preventing teen pregnancy.

Anyway, now that I’ve already got myself all riled up and disappointed in my home state again, I should try and bring some joy to all the pregnant ladies out there with a fantastic recipe for fried pickles!

  • 1-2 cups peanut oil
  • 1 jar dill pickle slices
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs, I usually go Italian
  • 1 teaspoon or less cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Ranch dressing for dipping!
  1. Heat the oil in deep skillet, over medium heat.
  2. Dry off pickles as best you can. Put all the dry ingredients together (spices and crumbs) and then dip the pickles into the beaten eggs and then coat with the dry mix.
  3. Then fry your pickles in the oil until deliciously golden brown, try to turn them over only once. constantly flipping will make you lose your batter.
  4. Enjoy with some ranch dressing!

What policies do you think this school should implement?

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