Life-sized fetus causes cafeteria controversy at Connecticut school

BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Life-sized replicas of fetuses are too much for lunchtime at Branford High School. A student leader of the school’s pro-life club says the principal banned her from using the models and she is fighting that.

Seventeen-year-old Samantha is a senior at Branford High School and she is learning a harsh lesson in education policy after trying to set up a pro-life table during lunch at Branford High.

“When we asked our principal at our school if we can have this set up during lunch and have an opportunity for kids to come over and take a look at our display, he said no,” said Samantha Bailey-Loomis.

Samantha is the founder of the students for life club. Their table is complete with blown-up images of fetuses and real- life sized fetus models that look just like the real thing and she says that doesn’t sit well with her principal.

“He tells us that this topic in particular is too controversial to be talked about in public school,” said Bailey-Loomis.

But she says other school clubs are able to promote their views during lunch.

“They had information about what their club does and what they have done in the past and they have pictures and they have poster boards just like ours, except for with different content on it,” said Bailey-Loomis.

News 8 reached out to the principal of Branford High School and the superintendent of the school district but both declined to comment.

But Samantha says she is not giving up. She is going to continue to fight for her right to have her views heard.

One Branford parent says she doesn’t see the problem with Samantha’s pro-life display.

“There is nothing wrong with it,” said Melissa Walkley. “I mean, I would let my kids see it. This is what a baby looks like as its growing in a mommy’s belly.”

She even even let her elementary-aged children see it.

“Just the life cycle of a baby like you learn in school,” said Walkley.

She plans to set up her profile table on April 6 on the Branford Green and still put pressure on the school district to reconsider in Branford.

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