"Ultimately I don’t think I could go through with an abortion, but all the support from my family and friends really helped me get through all this," she said.
Unfortunately, not everyone has been so supportive. While classmates initially supported her and thought the school's treatment of her was unfair, "a lot of people have turned their backs" since Runkles' story reached national media outlets. She's been on the receiving end of cruel comments online by both students and parents, she said.
"They didn’t want anything to do with me or my family anymore," she said.
Runkles' parents pulled her and her brother out of the school as a result. Her brother, who is in ninth grade, will be changing schools next year.
Her father had served as school board president, but resigned due to how the school treated his daughter.
Despite the treatment she's been met with, Runkles said she doesn't actually disagree with the school's conduct code — she just wishes it had been enforced more fairly, and that punishments wouldn't be decided on a case-by-case basis.
"I think [the code] is something good to have because it helps you stay accountable," she said. "But things happen, mistakes happen."
"I wish they would've just punished me immediately, forgiven me, forgotten about it, and then moved on to help me through this," she said. "Becoming a mom at 18 is not easy, especially with the background that I come from. Instead, they keep looking at me as a discipline issue."