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School Removes Teen With Down Syndrome From Official Yearbook Picture

School Removes Teen With Down Syndrome From Official Yearbook Picture

"She spent hours learning dances, showing up to games, and cheering on her school and friends but was left out," the teen's sister said

Morgyn Arnold, a much-loved member of her school's cheerleading team and her family were shocked when they found that she had been left out of the official picture. Apart from this, the teenager, who has down syndrome, was omitted from the list of team members as well. The family has now demanded answers from the school. 

Representational photo (Getty Images) / Photo by Allen Howard / EyeEm

The incident came to light when Morgyn's sister Jordyn Poll posted side-by-side images on Facebook of the photo her sibling had posed for and an identical one that was taken without her. She wrote in the caption, "It’s the SAME cheer team – SAME girls, SAME photo shoot, SAME poses, but one included all team members and one did not. Unfortunately, the first one was posted on the school’s social accounts and in the school yearbook. Additionally, Morgyn's name wasn’t even mentioned as a part of the team. She wasn’t included. She spent hours learning dances, showing up to games, and cheering on her school and friends but was left out… A choice was made on which photo to submit, a choice made MULTIPLE times and a choice that excluded Morgyn EVERY. SINGLE. TIME."

Jordyn Poll / Shannon Gautreau Hargrave / Facebook

Jordyn clarified that the decision had nothing to do with the other girls in the team. She explained that they have always been "kind and inclusive", and are equally hurt over the treatment of their friend, as reported by Kidspot.  Jordyn now hopes to raise awareness and spark change. She said that the school's initial response was "as ignorant as the photo" and claimed that an administrator "blatantly said they didn’t know what we were expecting of them". According to The Salt Lake Tribune, the school has since issued an apology, stating, "We are deeply saddened by the mistake that was made that omitted a student photo out of the yearbook. Apologies have been made to the family, and we sincerely apologize to all others impacted by this error. We are continuing to look at what has occurred, and to improve our practice," reported Mirror



 

The outlet further reported that Jordyn's demand for people to "be better" was echoed by many on social media. "I would like to see a photo of all the administrators with RESIGNED next to each name. Shameful behaviour. Repugnant," one said, while a second wrote, "There should have never been a picture taken without her." A third demanded, "They should reprint the whole damn yearbook."

References: 

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/family-distraught-teen-downs-syndrome-24353957