After the the Mesa, Ariz. high school yearbook devoted two pages to teen parents, some school parents complained about the message the school was sending to their kids.
“It makes it look cute,” parent Shelly Adams told 12 News. “And it’s wonderful that they’re still in school and they’re trying to finish up their education, but at the same time, it doesn’t really convey the reality of what they are going through.”
The pages, titled “I’m working a double shift,” feature teen parents or expecting high schoolers along with interviews about how difficult it is to raise a child and attend school.
Parent Kathee Merkley told The Republic that she heard one high school student talk about gluing the two pages together.
In addition to complaints from parents, a spokesperson for the Mesa public school system expressed disapproval of the pages honoring teen moms.
“A yearbook is to commemorate the achievements of the students, particularly the senior class,” spokeswoman Helen Hollands told The Republic. “Probably this would not fall into that category.”
Hollands added that the school is “100 percent behind” student parents and their decision to complete their education.
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