Uproar after high school yearbook includes spread on teen parents

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MESA, Ariz. (May 21, 2014) – Two Mesa High School yearbook pages are causing an uproar amongst some parents and students.

Why? Because the spread features students who have children or are expecting.

Pages 40 and 41 of the school’s 255-page yearbook feature the photos and a description of how difficult it is to raise children and attend high school at the same time.

The pages are titled “I’m working a double shift.”

Principal Jim Souder has already received plenty of calls from parents who questioned the wisdom of including photos of expectant students and student parents.

Mesa Public Schools spokeswoman Helen Hollands said the photos are not what the school district expects from high school yearbooks.

“A yearbook is to commemorate the achievements of the students, particularly the senior class,” she said. “Probably this would not fall into that category.”

Mesa High isn’t the only school in the nation to be caught in such a controversy.

One parent said she was troubled by the image of a male embracing the belly of a pregnant female.

A student commented that she would be gluing those two pages together.

Others say the yearbook pages just reflect a new norm.

The Mesa Schools Governing Board President Mike Hughes said Mesa High is “100 percent behind” the expectant students and students who are parents and support their academic accomplishments.

 

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