From Black Voices— Jarretta Hamilton is angry and unemployed. The 39-year-old teacher was fired last April because she had sex before marriage and wound up pregnant. Now she has broken her silence and has gone public.
Hamilton has an 8-month-old baby girl with Samuel Treftz. The former fourth grade teacher was a widow with five children when she was hired in 2008 to teach at Southland Christian School in St. Cloud, Fla.
In April 2009, when Hamilton and her husband met with the principal of the school, Jon Ennis, to request a six-week maternity leave, she was met with an attitude that she could not even have fathomed.
Instead of sticking to the topic at hand, the maternity leave, Ennis began barraging Hamilton with questions about when she might have conceived her unborn child. He appeared to be more interested in delving into whether she had fornicated before marriage:
“He actually tried to do the math to figure out when I had conceived. I was absolutely shocked, it came out of nowhere. He actually fell back in his chair when I told him that I had conceived before marriage,” she says.
About a week after Hamilton was interrogated by Ennis, she was terminated from her teaching position. The school called her actions “immoral.” In a letter sent to Hamilton’s attorney, Edward Gay, last July, Ennis wrote the following:
“Jarretta was asked not to return because of a moral issue that was disregarded, namely fornication, sex outside of marriage. The employment application, which she filled out, clearly states, that as a leader before our students we require all teachers to maintain and communicate the values and purpose of our school.”
Now Hamilton has put on her boxing gloves and is ready to duke it out publicly with her former employer.
School officials, however, say there is a formal clause regarding morality that every teacher must abide by.
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