A Montana School Just Fired a Teacher for Getting Pregnant. That Actually Happens All the Time

Last month, a Catholic school district in Montana fired middle school teacher Shaela Evenson for becoming pregnant outside of marriage. Evenson, who taught literature and physical education at Butte Central Catholic Schools for nearly ten years, was dismissed after the school district received an anonymous letter revealing her pregnancy. Despite the fact that Evenson’s principal has called her an “excellent teacher,” officials at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena, who oversee Evenson’s school, are standing by their decision. They contend that sex outside of marriage violates the morality clause in the teaching contract Evenson signed.