Teenager Fakes Pregnancy for School Project
Gaby Rodriguez of Toppenish High School in Washington state spent most of her senior year pregnant. Except she wasn’t. The 17-year-old wore a bulge of wire mesh and fabric as an experiment to see how other students reacted for her senior project. Her mother, boyfriend, best friend, and principal knew about the secret, but her boyfriend’s family, her brothers and sisters, her teachers, and her friends all thought she was really pregnant. Rodriguez revealed the charade during a recent school assembly, in which she talked about the reactions she’d received and the things said about her behind her back.
Then, there was applause. And, at the end of the assembly, following a Q&A session, there was a standing ovation, the first one Greene says he remembers during his three-year tenure at Toppenish High School.
“She really fooled me. I never would’ve guessed it,” says 17-year-old senior Vicente Villanueva. “I’m really surprised.”
So was 19-year-old Angel Jalomo, a 2010 Davis High School graduate and Gaby’s niece: “I didn’t know what to say. I just started crying.”
Gaby will present her research to a board of community members in May. It will include photos and video from Wednesday’s assembly. And Gaby still needs to finish writing her report. But by revealing the project to students Wednesday, she can go on her English class trip to Ashland, Ore., on Friday without her baby belly.
Plus, she didn’t want to be pregnant for prom.
(Image credit: Gordon King/AP)