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BIA denies exposing pregnancy of teen at school in New Mexico

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is denying allegations in a lawsuit filed by a former student whose pregnancy was exposed to her entire school.

Shantelle Hicks, 15, informed a dormitory manager at the Wingate Elementary School of her pregnancy. She was told she couldn't live in the student dorm, according to her lawsuit.

Hicks and her mother were allowed to return to the school after the American Civil Liberties Union intervened. But then she said she was forced to disclose her pregnancy at a a school assembly.

The BIA says Hicks wanted to be home-schooled and wasn't forced to leave.

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