Human Rights

‘Deceased fetus’ left in high school bathroom

Last week, students at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas alerted a school janitor that there was a “deceased human fetus” in a stall in a second floor school restroom.

Dallas authorities are now reviewing surveillance camera footage to try to locate the woman who gave birth inside that stall and then left the baby behind. Finding the infant’s mother amongst 1,600 students at Woodrow Wilson High School may be a difficult undertaking.

According to reports, on the day the “deceased fetus” was found:

Staffers were called to an upstairs bathroom around 2:30 p.m. Friday. It was there that a deceased fetus had been discovered inside a bathroom stall. According to teens at the school, it was a student who alerted a worker.

“I think that there was somebody that had notified a custodian of a situation in a restroom,” explained Dallas Independent School District spokesperson Jon Dahlander. “The custodian went and then made the discovery.”

The bathroom where the lifeless baby was found is being treated as a crime scene and Dallas Police Major John Lawton told reporters that the video is being reviewed, teachers are being talked to, and that they are looking for anyone who “has any knowledge of any student that may have had something going on in their life.”

In other words, in hopes of finding the child’s mother, students are being asked whether they are aware of any student who might have been pregnant. What is unclear from the reports is whether the child was stillborn, or died after he or she was abandoned in the restroom stall.

Sadly, a baby being found dead in a high school bathroom stall is just another example of the blatant disregard for human life that is currently endemic to our throwaway society.

Regardless of the circumstances, the fact that a mother, who is now being called a ‘suspect,’ would deliver and then abandon her lifeless newborn child in a cold, germ-infested toilet defies explanation.

Even if the mother did have “something going on in [her] life,” or the babe was stillborn, to discard a human being in this way is indicative of the indifference to human life that has been instilled among those whose personal lives are now more important than the lives of their innocent offspring.

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