Unwed Teacher Fired From Texas Christian School for Pregnancy

By:  Dave Bohon
04/16/2012
       
Unwed Teacher Fired From Texas Christian School for Pregnancy

An unmarried female teacher who was fired from her position at a Christian school in Texas after she became pregnant said she intends to sue the school for violating her employment rights. Cathy Samford, who worked as a science teacher and volleyball coach at Heritage Christian Academy in Rockwall, Texas, was let go for violating the school’s morality code, which requires staff members to abide by biblical principles in their lifestyle — including abstaining from sex outside of marriage.

 
 

An unmarried female teacher who was fired from her position at a Christian school in Texas after she became pregnant said she intends to sue the school for violating her employment rights. Cathy Samford, who worked as a science teacher and volleyball coach at Heritage Christian Academy in Rockwall, Texas, was let go for violating the school’s morality code, which requires staff members to abide by biblical principles in their lifestyle — including abstaining from sex outside of marriage.

 
Samford told ABC News that she and her fiancée were in a stable long-term relationship and planned to get married. “I’m not just some teacher that went out to a bar and got pregnant, [then] went back to school saying it’s okay,” Samford insisted. “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.”
 
But the school’s headmaster, Dr. Ron Taylor, said Samford’s contract included the understanding that teachers are considered Christian ministers and must be good biblical role models for the students at the school. “I understand some people that would say it’s a heartless thing to do,” Taylor said concerning the school’s decision to terminate Samford. He told ABC News that it was not an easy decision to make. But “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,” he explained. “How is it going to look to a little fourth grade girl that sees she’s pregnant and she’s not married?”
 
While Samford was doubtless aware of the moral code of the school, she insisted to ABC News that “we all have different views and interpretations. It’s not necessarily the Christian thing to do to throw somebody aside because of those.” As for her moral behavior negatively impacting her students, she assured that “they know me. I’m not someone who goes out and parties and is crazy and gives bad advice, trying to lead them in a certain direction.”
 
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