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High school yearbook devotes page to teen parents, sparks controversy

High School Yearbook Highlights Teen Parents, Sparks Controversy

An Arizona high school's yearbook devoted two of its pages to the student body's teen parents, and the decision is causing quite a bit of controversy.

Mesa High School student Yesenia Corral had her daughter when she was 13 years old and was one of the people featured on those two yearbook pages. KPNX explains, "While the principal has stayed busy fielding calls from angry parents, Corral says she is not going to let those parents diminish what she has been able to accomplish as both a mom and a student."

"You live with the choices that are made," Corral explains.

"I don't feel like someone's gonna look at the page and be like 'oh now I want a baby because they got a yearbook page, no,'" Corral told NBC.

Still, an angry mother said, "I don't view teen pregnancy as student achievement that should be displayed in a yearbook."

Although Mesa High School officials have mostly stayed quiet on the subject, KSAZ did obtained a statement from the school, which said,

"The material presented reflects choices made outside of the school environment. The feedback received about the subject matter will help refine the judgment used when determining the content in future yearbooks. "

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in 2011, "Arizona was ranked 15 out of 51 (50 states + the District of Columbia) on 2011 final teen births rates among females aged 15-19."

The editor of the yearbook says she felt inspired by the parents and thought the pages would be helpful for anyone going through their own struggles.

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hpycmpr155 May 23 2014 at 5:12 AM

I agree..This is NOT an accomplishment or an achievment that should be recognized in a yearbook.
So sick of EVERYTHING being okay. There are no longer any limits.

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Rich May 23 2014 at 6:43 AM

So now we're going to recognize and celebrate bad decisions? No wonder our society in in a death spiral.

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hi bev May 23 2014 at 6:39 AM

Its sad this country and I am sure other countries except such a low moral action to be ok. No, it is not ok and should not be looked upon as ok . Lets not glorify an act that a child made and has no clue as to what she is giving up including her decency. This might sound harsh but not harsh enough with all the tenn pregnancies, HIV, Aids etc that can be contracted and passed along due to society excepting these kinds of actions. More welfare, for some, putting a bigger burden on the taxpayers and in other cases a new Grandmother having to give up pretty much the rest of her life to raise the little one her teen has created. Its time no one said this was ok and No it certainly is inappropriate to put such a thing in a year book.

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rlmcanoe May 23 2014 at 6:23 AM

I can't get past the fact that she had a baby at 13, omg, she missed so many things, like being a kid with friends, sure, I'm sure she loves her daughter, but that was so young

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sr261 May 23 2014 at 7:29 AM

Someday educators will realize that every student does not deserve a "well done".
Yearbooks should be reserved for those who have done well and completed their high school years successfully. The drama surrounding "kids with kids" is getting out of hand. A girl with a baby at 13 does not deserve a place of honor in the yearbook because of her baby.Next year get a new editor. She made a bad choice.

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vietnamvet1967 May 23 2014 at 7:22 AM

WOW, how nice to have pages for kids who had sex and getting pregant
This school is a joke

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arlene hilton May 23 2014 at 5:58 AM

Teen pregnancy is not a school issue. It's a social issue and should be addressed in some other venue. I think school aged pregnant teens , if they want to continue their education, should attend school that is designed for their needs and not mix with a school''s genral population of students.

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tmccull52 May 23 2014 at 6:34 AM

Hey, AOL. Why are you censoring and deleting certain posts here? Is it because they don't line up with your liberal media slant?

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onionson May 23 2014 at 5:48 AM

Welcome to the new normal.

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Sergeant May 23 2014 at 6:18 AM

Poor judgment should receive attention. Negative attention and stigma...

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