A Pennsylvania teacher was allegedly fired from a Catholic high school after revealing that she was pregnant out of wedlock.
As AOL reports, Naiad Raiche, 31, and her long-term boyfriend, Matt Graboski, recently made the decision to have a child together despite having no immediate plans to tie the knot.
Allegedly, Raiche reported the news to Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School, where she had been teaching for about two years.
She says that the school administrator, Sister Mary Anne Bednar, told her that the pregnancy “would be a problem” that she would need to “contact the diocese” about.
Raiche told WNEP:
“It was very apparent that she was not happy with the circumstances. Of course, her problem was Catholic morals.”
Nearly a week later, Raiche had to make a decision. She either had to marry or give up her job. According to WNEP, Reich lost her job last Friday.
A spokesperson from the Diocese of Harrisburg reportedly said:
“The Diocese of Harrisburg is unable to comment on personnel matters. However, as outlined in our policies, every professional employee agrees to follow the teachings, doctrine, and laws of the Catholic Church as part of the hiring process.”
WNEP spoke with other parents on the issue who felt the termination was uncalled for.
Ashley Stroh of Coal Township, Pennsylvania, said:
“I get their reasoning behind it and why they have to, but I don’t agree with it. I don’t think it was very nice to do.”
Despite her termination, Reich and her boyfriend aren’t angry with the school or the diocese.
As WNEP reports, Reich says that although she doesn’t agree, she understands that the decision was based on their “moral code.”
However, she is reportedly planning to seek legal counsel regarding her termination.
As AOL reports, the teacher feels like she is a modern version of the “Scarlet Letter” without the affair.
The soon-to-be mom is expecting to deliver her baby in June 2019. She says misses her students “more than I think they can ever understand.”