Teen Parents Featured in H.S. Yearbook Sparks Controversy

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While flipping through the pages of Mesa High School’s yearbook, parents were shocked to see a two page spread featuring teen parents who juggled school and parenting.

Many of the students’ parents are concerned that these pages in the yearbook are portraying teen pregnancy in a positive light and glamorizing it.

The Arizona high school stands behind the pages in the yearbook and issued this statement:

‘The subject matter presented on several pages in the student life section of the Mesa High School yearbook reflect choices made outside the school environment. The students depicted are fully supported in their academic endeavors by the school and district.’

While the intent is to show support for the teens who are juggling parenthood and school, I feel as though parents have every right to flip out over these two pages.

To me it does feel as though the school is shrugging its shoulders and saying this is the “new norm”. While I don’t feel that teen parents should be shamed into dropping out of school, I do feel as though their poor choices shouldn’t be glorified in the yearbook.

If anything the school should have included these stats from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • 1 in 10 new moms is a teen
  • Only about 50% of teen mothers have a high school diploma

That to me is a more valuable lesson.

But at the end of the day a yearbook is supposed to commemorate the achievements of the students, especially the senior class. I don’t think this falls into that category.

And that’s today’s helping of The Online Dish with Maggie.