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:
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?”