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Wabasha Catholic school fires pregnant but unmarried teacher

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Red Wing Minnesota 2760 North Service Drive / P.O. Box 15 55066

WABASHA, Minn. (AP) -- An unmarried fifth-grade teacher at a Catholic school in Wabasha is out of a job because she got pregnant.

Twenty-three year-old Emily Prigge of Lake City told her principal about her pregnancy last month. Prigge says the principal and a priest asked her to resign last week, and she did.

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Prigge was in her first year on the job at St. Felix School. When she took the job she signed a Catholic Christian Witness Statement, in which she agreed to be a good example as a Christian in her personal and academic life. Prigge, who is Catholic, says she was told she didn't live up to the statement because she'd obviously had premarital sex.

Officials at the school and the Diocese of Winona declined to comment.

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