Louisiana - Caving into pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Delhi Charter School in Louisiana has apparently backed away from its policy of forcing female students to take pregnancy tests and then expelling them if the tests are positive. After receiving a letter from the ACLU stating the practice was "unconstitutional" and threatening further legal action, the school reversed its policy.
Instead, the school is now seeking to attack the problem at its root (so to speak). According to a statement released by the school today, male students who get an erection during school hours will be asked to take a daily dose of potassium nitrate, aka salterpeter, to be administered by the school nurse. If the student refuses to take the chemical compound, which is thought to induce impotence, he can be expelled. The ACLU is examining the new practice. "We may have to go after this one too," said Marjorie Esman who has the thankless job of being the Executive Director of the ACLU in Louisiana.
Teacher administrator Nicki Roaark had no comment about the use of saltpeter but lots of the seventh grade male students did. However, due to the content of their language, none of those comments are publishable.
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