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Mesa High School treats teenage moms as second class citizens???

May 21, 2014

Arizona Republic

What's the big deal over Mesa High's yearbook?

Joanna Allhands, digital opinions editor | 8:05 a.m. MST May 21, 2014

Clearly I'm in the minority, but I don't see what the big deal is over Mesa High School yearbook's depiction of teen moms.

Yes, there are smiling faces. But also photos of men involved in the baby's life. And descriptions of how hard teen motherhood is.

Don't get me wrong: We don't want to glamorize teen pregnancy. Arizona's teen pregnancy rate is already among the nation's highest, and let's face it: Our abstinence-only sex-ed lessons leave out a lot of important information for teens who, despite our best efforts to get them to wait, decide to become sexually active.

But I equate the two-page spread with MTV's "16 and Pregnant," a reality show about teen moms that many initially said glorified teen pregnancy but over the years has been credited with lowering the teen pregnancy rate.