School Bans Teen Mom's Photo From Yearbook

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photographerHere we go again. Another teenager who is mad as hell and not going to take it, so she's gone to the media with her sob story. This time it's a teen mom who -- wait for it -- wants to know why her high school is full of all these meany pants who are keeping the photo of her out of the yearbook.

Oh, did I mention that photo isn't just of Stephanie Myer? The girl who gave birth in the middle of her senior year posed for her photo with her newborn in her arms. Now you're starting to understand the school, aren't you?

Hold up. I'm not talking about the "OMG, we can't acknowledge teens actually have babies" part in all of this. If there are any parents who support keeping Myer and her daughter out of the yearbook because they think this will send some sort of message that it's OK to get knocked up during your senior year, get over yourselves. I think seeing a girl who looks like she swallowed a watermelon seed and let it grow is a lot more "damaging" than one photo in the yearbook.

But if you look at senior portraits in most high schools, they show just one person. That includes Menagha High School where Stephanie is a member of the Class of 2013.

So really, Stephanie isn't a teen mom asking to be treated just like everyone else. She's a teen mom asking for special treatment because ... she's a teen mom. Her parents obviously raised her with a healthy sense of entitlement, huh?

I get it! Having a baby is a big deal, y'all! But high school seniors have big deal moments all around this country, and they don't expect to pose with the signs of them in their yearbook photos. I wore the same boring black drape as everyone else in my class instead of say, my karate gi. Because rules are rules. And this isn't an especially bad rule.

This is what more parents need to teach their kid: the difference between fighting stupid, useless rules and just deciding they think they feel like thier poo smells like roses one day so they don't have to follow the plain old normal rules.

I'm thinking Stephanie Myer's parents didn't go over the distinction, how about you?

Should Stephanie get her picture in the yearbook with her daughter? Or is the school in the right here?

 

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nonmember avatar kaerae

Our school had really specific criteria for yearbook pics: No props, no other people, head and shoulders only, etc. It's a picture of the student, not the student and ANY other family member.

puasa... puasaurusrex

Our school did two photos featured for seniors; the black drape and then a "casual" which could feature something you loved or a special pose so long as it was tasteful. Many students posed with sports equipment or musical instruments. Some even had their pets involved. I don't think my higg school would have had an issue with a teen mom wanting her casual picture to be with their newborn, they'd just have an issue with the "teen mom" aspect of it, being a DoD school

Senia... Seniahmom

It depends on the other yearbook photos - some places put photos in that have them with props, or pets, or in locations that define their high school years. If there are other photos not in traditional locations or completely solo and there are no stated rules that say no one else/nothing else can be in the photo than the photo should be allowed. But is the rule are traditional solo photo, then no the photo should not.

PonyC... PonyChaser

I hate when I can see both sides of an issue!!! UGH!!! And both sides are valid.


Ok, so my first reaction was that this is what happens when we raise our kids to think that the rules apply to everyone else. SO many stories on this board revolve around this boy who wanted to wear his mohawk, or that girl who wanted to wear that t-shirt "for a good cause" (like breast cancer) or "personal expression/freedom of speech". And SO many people say that the schools should "just get over it", "it's their job to teach, not regulate fashion". And on that, people are right - it IS a school's job to teach - that rules are rules, and they're not broken for you, because you're so "special".


On the other hand, if the school allows a special photo like those outlined above, I see nothing wrong with her using that photo to pose with her baby.

elle7777 elle7777

I think the school is right. It's senior pictures....not family pictures. She can go to Sears if she's dying for a pic with her kid in it. I don't see why she feels entitled.

RMT1995 RMT1995

Yeah, I kind of see the school's side a bit more .. The yearbook portraits are photos of graduating students. Her child isn't graduating, nor a student.

Tina Goff

The school is right.  Our year book had rules about photos that covered things like dress code, background and props.  Photos also had to be of the student ALONE.  They made that rule to stop students from trying to submit photos of them with their boyfriends/girlfriends but it would cover a situation like this too.


It seems to me that this girl probably knew she wouldn't be allowed, and tried anyway because she wanted to publicity of causing a stink about it.  She didn't care about the photo, she cared about getting on the news.  

kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

The school has rules for a reason. They apply to everyone. This girl needs to let it go and get a suitable pic for the yearbook if she wants to be included.

lustfull lustfull

i think she should get the picture in there and then the memorial page should also be put in for the young man who commited suicide.


1.although she is a teen mom,and they dint want to glamorus it and make her out to be all high and mighty.it is a big accomplishment to be a teen mom in the middle of senior year AND still graduate on time.


2.the teen who commited suicde,it was a tragedy,people knew the kid.it would be a page to commemorat his life.not focus on the suicide but to say he was a good kid we mis him and we will always think of him.


3.both are suitable for a yearbook,i remember my elementry yearbook and my little sisters middle school yearbook both had pages commemorating someone who had passed,no i dont know why,but they put the page in and focused on the kid not the death.and senior photos are to show who that person is,what they like.when i watched the video bout the who thing,i saw palm trees,a football jersery.they had props,the newborn was a prop,they what she loves,just like the guy loved football

curio... curious1145

If the actual senior pictures only have the student in them,couldn't they just crop her baby out of the picture? And maybe they could put the complete picture somewhere else in the yearbook in a section where all kinds of pictures are shown.

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