Re­mem­ber these lessons?

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

So the prin­ci­pal of Her­itage Academy in Hager­stown be­lieves it is right to pun­ish a good student who makes a mis­take be­cause “the penalty will be in­struc­tive to other stu­dents” [“Preg­nant teen ex­iled to side­lines for grad­u­a­tion,” front page, May 25]. I seem to re­call a young un­mar­ried preg­nant woman in Nazareth many years ago, whose son later taught, “Let any one of you who is with­out sin be the first to throw a stone.” He also in­structed His fol­low­ers to “love thy neigh­bor as thy­self.”

For the leader of a Chris­tian academy to put pun­ish­ment above char­ity for a child in trou­ble is not only shame­ful but also a ter­ri­ble ex­am­ple for the other stu­dents. I hope stu­dents’ par­ents will look closely at just what val­ues are be­ing taught in this school.

Bernard Ar­gent, Fair­fax Sta­tion

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