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Mesa Year BookEvery now and then it seems high school or college journalists stir the pot too much for some students’ parents and their school administrations to handle.

At Mesa (Ariz.) High School, there’s a little guff from some parents who don’t like some of the content of the Jackrabbits’ 2013-14 year book, Superstition, Vol. 105.

It’s because there are two pages of photos of high school students with their own children and pictures of expectant mothers who attend the school.

There are descriptions of how difficult it is to be a parent and attend high school.

That is their reality at the same time. The pages are titled, “I’m working a double shift.”

I must admit that I have not gone through the 255-page book to check out all that it contains, but I’m guessing it has some of the standard features, all depicting the reality of attending Mesa High School in 2013-14, such as:

  • Photos and information about the football team – no matter what its won/loss record was.  The same for Mesa’s other sports teams.
  • Photos and information about the drama productions – whether the plays or musicals were any good or not.
  • Photos of the faculty – even the unpopular teachers.
  • Photos from classrooms, student assemblies, club activities and maybe even news headlines from the year, what the top movies and most popular music and bands were, the hottest cars and whatever else is going on in today’s high school students’ lives.
  • Maybe even a page memorializing students or staff who passed away during the school year.Mesa Year Book 2

I thought the response to the media about the “pregnancy page” from a

spokesperson at Mesa Public Schools was good – then went downhill.

She said Mesa High is 100 percent behind expectant students and students who are parents and supports their academic accomplishments.

She also said:

“A yearbook is to commemorate the achievements of the students… Probably this would not fall into that category.”


What if the students were married?  And we don’t know that they aren’t. Would that make a difference?

Is a high school yearbook a “commemoration of achievements” or a “documentation of the lives of the students?”

Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
President Scott is president of HMA Public Relations and a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network. He’s a Phoenix native, husband, father of two and a fan of all sports and a participant in some. Check out Scott's full bio

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