Teen Fakes Pregnancy
A teen pretends to be pregnant for six months for a class project.
A Washington State high school student faked being pregnant for six months to teach other students a lesson about prejudice.
"Teens now live in the shadows of stereotypes and rumors and I just want to break that and kind of just set them free," said Gaby Rodriguez, a senior at Toppenish High School.
The teen shocked the students, staff and faculty when she announced that her pregnancy had actually been a social experiment for her senior project.
Her friends, her siblings, even her boyfriend's parents didn't know.
"The closest people to me were mad at first, they felt lied to, betrayed," said Rodriguez.
But she said overall the responses from students and staff has been positive.
Her mother, boyfriend, principal were all in on the secret.
They felt the potential reward was worth the possible damage of the deceit.
Gaby has kept a record of how students treated her differently over the last six months and the rumors they spread about her.
"It was bound to happen, that I was irresponsible that I wasn't going to continue school. Confronting it an putting it out there for teens to realize that what you say about other teens, it gets to them," Rodriguez explained.
This was just as easily a test of dedication.
Gaby sacrificed 6 and a half months to this project.
"I just feel that i made my senior year better by doing this because I get to say I made an impact in some of the students lives here and the best things are yet to come."