Mich. teens banned from showing pregnant bellies in school yearbook

WOOD, Mich. (NBC) - Two Michigan teens say they were banned from showing their baby bumps in their school yearbook. They call it discrimination, but school officials say allowing photos that show a baby bump would promote teen pregnancy.

Deonna Harris is a junior at White Cloud High School, and Kimberly Haney is a senior. They're both pregnant.

Harris was in class this week when she got pulled out to the hall by a yearbook staff member.

"She said, 'We have to retake 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 said.

Both girls say they were shocked by the ultimatum to retake the picture, and said neither of them were holding their bellies or promoting their pregnancies in the original shot.

But the principal told Harris the school decided that showing their pregnant bellies would promote teen pregnancy and upset the community.

"It made me tear up. I was trying to hold it back because I didn't want everyone to ask me why I was crying and stuff," Harris said.

The superintendent declined to speak on camera about the decision, but did say there isn't a specific yearbook policy on the issue and that it's a case-by-base basis.

Both girls have decided to not shoot new pictures.


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