From Black VoicesJarretta 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.

Hamilton doesn’t buy it. Continue Reading @ Black Voices!

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  1. I guess my thoughts differ on this. I see both sides. This is not public school…this is a Christian school that told her that she needed to maintain the morals of the school which she signed.

    I don’t think she should have been fired, but they should have made it clear of what the expectations were. Is it okay for an unmarried pregnant person to sing in the choir at their church? I think its a thin line of yes you won’t get kicked out, but asking does the person stand for what the organization stands for is crucial. Its a little different when you are on a platform teaching someone something, versus being taught. More authority means more responsibility. Christian schools teach abstinence, so the person teaching it should probably be practicing what they preach. (Not to say people don’t make mistakes) Just my two cents. I can’t be a racist for a multicultural organization. Sin is sin, however. I think they should have forgiven her, but been very clear on the message to her.

  2. The Scarlet Letter in 2010?

  3. A good find for Clutch. A nice way to normalise these things by highlighting any cat up a tree story.

    I suppose the story of a teenage girl punched in the face for jaywalking in Seattle will never make it on to Clutch.

    • NESSA

      Are you serious? Do you even read Clutch? or you just want to make a comment to start ish. Cause they cover more topics related to our community than others.

  4. So Clutch, if the teacher were white and her husband were white, it would have been featured here? And on Black Voices? You must be kidding me. Where are all the other articles about white couples dealing with personal, private issues that affect their jobs? Did you cover balloon boy, too?

    • I’m sorry – I don’t get what your trying to say. Please see my comment above. I would recommend being on Clutch for a few weeks to see what we cover and then make your comments on what we cover. Feel free to join our readers panel, because I honestly don’t see your issue with this Black Voices article.