Gaby Rodriguez, 17, shocked her friends, teachers and family when she said she was pregnant. She surprised them even more when she revealed this week that for six months, she had faked the pregnancy.
"Everybody was just shocked, like speechless," Rodriguez said.
Gaby decided to make her senior year project at Toppenish High School in Washington a social experiment where she pretended to be pregnant.
The straight-A student got the approval of her principal, her mother, her boyfriend and best friend. They were the handful of people in on the secret. Six of Gaby's seven siblings didn't know and neither did her boyfriend's parents.
"I had to lie to my sons and my daughters. When we told them she was pregnant, they were like, 'What?'" said Juana Rodriguez, Gaby's mom.
Gaby began the elaborate hoax following Homecoming last October. She convinced school principal Trevor Greene to let her pursue the project, which she's titled "Stereotypes, Rumors and Statistics."
"I admire her so much. Her courage, her creativity, her strength. She's gone through so much...alienating some of her friends along the way or being alienated from her friends," Greene said.
Gaby started with baggy clothes and eventually fashioned a fake belly out of wire mesh and cotton quilt batting. The aspiring social worker started taking notes on everything that was said about her.
Answer by Rosehawk at 10:54 AM on Apr. 22, 2011
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Answer by Ati_13 at 11:20 AM on Apr. 22, 2011
Perhaps if others were not so accepting of their behavior, they would have.
It's not as though teen pregnancy is a new thing. Once upon a time, girls were sent away to have babies due to a lack of acceptance, but did people stop having sex and getting pregnant as teens? No.
Answer by DusterMommy at 11:34 AM on Apr. 22, 2011
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