According to UT San Diego on Wednesday, a couple dozen breastfeeding mothers attended a 'nurse-in' on Wednesday morning in front of the Poway Unified School District's offices in Carmel Mountain Ranch.
The 'nurse-in' was organized by 30 year old Rachel Rainbolt who said she and her son were discriminated against while breastfeeding her one year old son during a parent teacher conference.
Rainbolt now says she home schools her oldest son, who was 7 at the time of the incident.
Poway Superintendent John Collins said, 'As a school district, we are responsible for educating all students regarding their rights and responsibilities as citizens. Today is evidence of a group of individuals exercising these rights' in a news release during the protest.
The release said the district has not come to an official decision regarding Rainbolt's complaint.
“Despite reports to the contrary, no student was punished or denied access to any educational experience in this situation,” Collins said in the release. “This matter brings to light the important decisions that our teachers are required to make every day to ensure that all students are provided a productive and engaging learning environment in their classroom.
“Our No. 1 priority is providing quality learning for every child,” the statement said. “For these reasons, we appreciate that today’s gathering is taking place at our District Office, rather than on a school campus.”
Rainbolt's intentions were to pressure the school district to create a specific policy stating that what she did during the parent teacher conference was allowed.
The statement said that they have already adopted policies and procedures to ensure that the district operates according to state and federal laws.
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