You just know this is going to be a movie or a book - girl fakes pregnancy for project

The news story begins:

Gaby Rodriguez would worry whenever anyone asked to touch her baby bump.

It wasn't because she felt shy or embarrassed. It was because the bulge - fashioned from wire mesh and cotton quilt batting - didn't actually contain a baby.

For the past 6½ months - the bulk of her senior year at Toppenish High School - the 17-year-old A-student faked her own pregnancy.

Only a handful of people - her mother, boyfriend and principal among them - knew Gaby was pretending to be pregnant for her senior project, a culminating assignment required for graduation.

Her teachers and fellow students, except for her best friend, didn't realize they were part of a social experiment.

Neither did six of her seven siblings, including four older brothers, her boyfriend's parents, and his five younger brothers and sisters.


Could you? Would you? Would you let your kid?

Read the whole thing here.



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This topic hits close to home for me, since I had my first child at seventeen, and that was back in the days when that sort of thing was frowned upon. lol.
What she did took a lot of courage, and I think if she were my daughter I'd be very proud of her. Hope she gets a full scholarship out of it. :)
I have conflicting feelings about this one. On the one hand, I admire her courage, because it's not easy to be single and pregnant, let alone in high school, and I know she heard comments such as, "Does she realize she's just ruined her life?" But on the other hand, it feels wrong to have led on people who care about her--like her siblings, and best friend--and people who wanted to help her based on her situation. It feels a little cruel, in that regard, to do it just for a project.
I would have had mixed feelings if I were a sibling, or the boy's parents.

Luckily I'm way too bad at keeping my mouth shut to ever pull anything like that off.