High School Excludes Teen Moms From Yearbook
If you got pregnant at one New Mexico high school, you’re not eligible for the yearbook.
Naomi Roque is a senior at Santa Fe High School and a mother. She is a part of a program called the Teen Parent Center, which helps teen moms get through high school and help prepare them for parenthood.
The school allows for each student parent in the program to take a picture with his or her child for the yearbook. Roque said that section of the yearbook is important because it recognizes them as a group and shows that the high school supports them.
“Every year we look forward to taking our picture for the yearbook,” Roque told KOAT 7.
But things were different this year. There were no pictures taken to recognize the Teen Parent Center program and no section dedicated to the teen moms.
“It was somewhat hurtful, that’s an opportunity for us to look back and show our kids this time that we’re going through,” Roque said.
School district spokeswoman Latifah Phillips told KOAT 7 that the student parents were not intentionally left out of the yearbook.
“In previous years, teen parents were distinctly grouped together within a separate program on the school site,” Phillips explained. “This year, there has been an effort to include the students in regular high school programming. All of the students are included as individuals within the yearbook.
“If the students want to represent themselves as a group similar to other student activities, they can inform the yearbook committee of their wishes to be included.”