White Cloud Public Schools, about an hour from where I live, is forbidding two pregnant seniors from having pictures that show their bellies out of a ridiculous fear that this will “promote” teen pregnancy. Yeah, just like the other pictures are “promoting” stupid haircuts.
Deonna Harris says she was pulled aside this week by a yearbook staff member and told her photo would have to be re-taken because the previous shot displayed Harris’ pregnant belly.
“She said, ‘We have to re-take this picture.’ I was kind of confused and asked what was wrong with it, and she was like, ‘Well, the yearbook teacher told me you can’t have your belly in it so we have to retake it,'” Harris told WOOD-TV (http://bit.ly/10rUAhX ).
Kimberly Haney, who also is pregnant and not permitted to show her midsection in the White Cloud High School yearbook, said she “went to the bathroom and cried” upon receiving the news.
White Cloud Public Schools Superintendent Barry Seabrook said Thursday allowing the pictures to appear in the yearbook would be contrary to the state’s mandate that public schools’ sex-education curricula be abstinence-based.
“It’s our feeling … that (the photos) could very well be a contrary message to (the state policy),” Seabrook said. “We’re not saying they can’t have their photos in the yearbook.”
Uh, no. State law does not require abstinence-only sex education. It does require that if a school teaches sex ed, it has to include discussion of abstinence as the most effective way to prevent pregnancy and disease, as it should. But even if it did, what the hell would that have to do with this situation? This isn’t part of a sex education class, it’s a picture in a yearbook. Seriously, fire this guy for being a moron.