A Florida mom
was blocked from taking a college exam because she brought her baby along to
breast-feed—and now she’s speaking out to say that she thinks the school’s
of Jacksonville, thought it would be no big deal to take her baby daughter
along to a test she needed to take at Florida State College. “My exam kind of
landed between naptime and feeding time,” she told WTLV, a local station.
Mabrey estimated that the timing would work out perfectly for her
little one: “Right at the end, she’d probably want to wake up and breast-feed," she explained.
officials didn’t share Mabrey’s scheduling philosophy, Britain’s Daily Mail
reported. When the proctor saw the young mother arrive with her baby in tow,
she was turned away. Mabrey says she was informed that no infants would be
allowed at the test site, even after she showed the supervisor a copy of
Florida’s maternal and infant health care law on breast-feeding.
Since then, she
and the school have been locked in arguments. Mabrey’s claims, that her alma
mater violated state law, have been countered with an email from a school
official stating that ‘this is not a prohibition of breast-feeding an infant.”
College authorities say that infants are not allowed into proctored exams both for
the babies’ own safety and to preserve an environment that’s conducive to
still isn’t satisfied. She pointed out to the station that the college is willing and
able to make special arrangements for handicapped and learning-disabled
students—including giving them separate rooms during tests. “I don’t think it’s
fair,” she says.