Two high school students took yearbook photos that will not appear in the yearbook because the photos show their pregnant bellies.
The school district in White Cloud, Michigan rejected the photos of Dionna Harris and Kimberly Haney because the girls are pregnant, and the photos show their whole bodies -- including their belly bumps.
The girls spoke with a local TV station and the story is now making national headlines. The girls say the photos did not play up their pregnancies; rather their bellies just happened to be in the shots.
The school told them they have to re-take the photos but Dionna and Kimberly are refusing. The girls say they're being discriminated against.
The school's explanation is that photos showing pregnant students could be contrary to Michigan state policy. The school district claims state law mandates that public school sex education be abstinence-based.
Here's what the law says about sex education:
"The teaching under this section shall stress that abstinence from sex is a responsible and effective method for restriction and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and is a positive lifestyle for unmarried young people."
The law makes clear abstinence must be part of sex-ed classes and must be stressed, but it does not say abstinence is the only thing to be taught in sex-ed -- and it says nothing to indicate a photo of a pregnant student would be illegal in a yearbook.
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