Students Suspended From Catholic School For Pro-Choice Activism

In a rare turn of events, some Canadian students were removed from class for sporting pro-choice messages in their Catholic school.

Via the Globe and Mail:

The anti-abortion message her schoolmates wore inspired Alexandria Szeglet to don her opinion too. Instead of the word “life” written along strips of red tape, the 15-year-old Thunder Bay resident wore the word “choice” written on strips of green tape stuck to her Catholic high school uniform.

She was minutes into her first-period drama class last Thursday at St. Patrick High School when she was called to the office and sent home.

Alexandria left, but the soft-spoken Grade 10 student had started a movement: In a show of solidarity, 24 of her peers followed suit, adhering green tape to their uniforms. Four of them were also sent home, some for a two-day suspension.

Szeglet and her supporters were responding to the school’s annual “Day of Silent Solidarity” event being held to protest abortion rights.  According to the school, because the pro-life demonstration was sanctioned, and the pro-choice students did not get prior permission, they were punished for their activism.

According to UPI:

John De Faveri, director of education with the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, told the newspaper it wasn’t the message but how it was conveyed.

“It wasn’t anything about what the students were trying to say. It was the inappropriate way they went about it,” he said. “They didn’t get approval from the school.”

Ann Szeglet, Alexandria’s mother, told the Globe it seemed religion had trumped democracy.

“My opinion is that if they don’t want to allow both sides to express their opinion. They shouldn’t allow either one of them,” she said.


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W. C
W. C8 months ago


William C
William C8 months ago

Thank you for caring.

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Huber F.
Huber F6 years ago

Never knew protests include the budding yams..

Ab D.
Ab Do6 years ago

How in the HECK does the baby have a choice? It is the mother who was careless. Even if she got raped (which is awful, I do understand it's terrible and people who do that should be locked up) she still does not get to decide for that child. The baby doesn't make the decision ever. Abortion just makes me sick. As for this girl, I'm all for her having her own beliefs even if I believe they're the wrong ones. But if she attends a Catholic school than she will be expected to respect their beliefs and not so blatantly contradict them.

Cathrine Mcneil
Cathrine Mcneil7 years ago

no matter it is a school and our children should not be punished for commenting on a political issue

kaisuorvokki m.
kaisuorvokki m7 years ago

This is Catholic school so they teach Catholic ideas. I sympathisize with Alexandra - it must be horrifying to poor girl to hear such repugnant garbage that if you are raped and your life is in danger, you must die instead of getting abortion - but it is Catholic school, so they have right to teach their faith, under their rules.

Sonny Honrado
Sonny Honrado7 years ago


Judith D E.
Judith D E.7 years ago

When any religion gets involved with political things they should be paying taxes. Every individual has free will and should be allowed to express whatever they feel in a peaceful way. I will be 70 yrs. old this year. As a teenager, I was raped by a church member, and back in the 50's, women or girls, Men or boys who've been abused in any way had no where to go. I applaud all who take a stand in peaceful ways.

Bill L.
Bill L.7 years ago

Smart Kids now dont go back I am 72 Years an i went to one of those nut wards untill i managed to get my buns kicked out finished up in public high went on to be a retired Pilot with a background in Physics .. Get out of those damm places b4 the padre rapes you....