Divorcee banned from chess club

1971: 16-year-old Soni Romans was banned from all extracurricular activities at at Channelview High School in Houston. This included school choir, chess club, drama, and the National Honor Society. The reason for the ban was that she had been married and divorced and had a child (which she gave up for adoption). Therefore, the school felt that she shouldn't be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities because, during them, she "might discuss sex with other students."

However, if she had simply had the child without getting married and divorced, the same regulation wouldn't have applied. Unwed mothers were free to participate in the extracurriculars. Romans sued the school and won, so the ban was eventually lifted.

The Cincinnati Enquirer - Nov 14, 1971

The Akron Beacon Journal - Feb 17, 1972

     Posted By: Alex - Sun Mar 19, 2017
     Category: School | Regulations | Divorce | 1970s

"... might discuss sex." Well we can't have the kids knowing where babies come from. That knowledge must be saved for the wedding night - "You're going to put your what in where ?!?"
Posted by KDP on 03/20/17 at 11:32 AM
Times sure have changed. Now we have teachers instructing first graders about anal sex.
Posted by RobK on 03/22/17 at 10:50 AM
Sure, Rob, sure... in your dreams. Don't bother applying for the job of "head" teacher just on that rumour.
Posted by Richard Bos on 03/26/17 at 03:38 PM
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