Published Online: April 19, 2016
Published in Print: April 20, 2016, as N.H. Court Backs Counselor On Abortion Advice

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N.H. Court Backs Counselor On Abortion Advice

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New Hampshire's highest court has ruled that a district must reinstate a high school guidance counselor whose contract was not renewed after she clashed with her principal about how to handle a student's desire to terminate her pregnancy.

Demetria McKaig, who was abiding by the 15-year-old girl's wishes, and the principal of Farmington High School, disagreed about telling the girl's mother.

McKaig consulted with the American Civil Liberties Union and passed some information to it about the girl. Later, she received a notice of nonrenewal.

The supreme court found that she was not insubordinate, had "acted consistently with policies and practices applicable to her role as guidance counselor," and did not breach student confidentiality.

Vol. 35, Issue 28, Page 4

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