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Texas Cops 'Swarm' School, Pray Over 'Possible Fetus' Found in Bathroom

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Dallas police reportedly "swarmed" a high school after a "possible fetus" was found in the bathroom, and announced that they were treating the girl who apparently miscarried and then "abandoned" the fetus as a "suspect." They were also praying for her, said Dallas Police Major John Lawton. Well, isn't that nice.

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Via RawStory:

Parent Christine Kerry was outraged that she had not been notified as to why so many police had been deployed to the school.

"I got out of my car and specifically asked, 'What's going on, and is it safe for these kids to be out here?'" she said. "And I was told to go away."

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Dallas Police Department's Child Abuse Unit detectives were investigating to find out who may have abandoned the fetus. The person involved was being considered a "suspect."

"We're reviewing video, talking to the teachers, trying to determine if anybody has any knowledge of any student that may have had something going on in their life, and pray," Dallas Police Major John Lawton said.

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A proportional response. And warranted! After all, nothing helps a traumatized child who's just endured a secret miscarriage alone in a high school bathroom stall like "SWARMS" OF POLICE OFFICERS WITH HELICOPTERS SEARCHING HER SCHOOL FOR A "SUSPECT."

And, let's be honest, she could have handled it better:

Alan Elliott of Baby Moses Dallas explained to KDFW that the mother could have avoided any criminal charges if she had taken advantage of Baby Moses laws by carrying the child to term, and then dropping it off at a safe baby site like a fire station.

"And that's a happy ending when that happens, because the baby is safe, the mother is protected from any sort of prosecution, so it's a win-win for both of them," Elliot noted.

Fuck Texas; fuck anti-choicers; fuck "prayer" being part of a police investigation; fuck abstinence-centered sex education; and fuck leaving women in crisis (or, in this case, children in crisis!) with no viable options, letting them suffer alone, and then treating them like criminals for doing what they have to do.

Image via KDFW

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DISCUSSION

This is getting scary that you can be charged/prosecuted for having a miscarriage. If your body doesn't cooperate like it *should* and carry the fetus to term, be prepared to suffer consequences. As if you can even prevent a miscarriage or that a teenager would know what to do in that situation.