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Gay Student Cut From Yearbook?

06/29/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Originally published on Youthradio.org, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe.

Did a high school purge one of their lesbian students from her senior yearbook?

That's the story out of Wesson Mississippi that is making the rounds today by way of the Jackson Free Press:

When Veronica Rodriguez opened Wesson Attendance Center's Yearbook on Friday, she didn't find a trace of her lesbian daughter Ceara Sturgis after a long battle with school officials to include a photo of her daughter wearing a tuxedo in the school's 2010 yearbook.

"They didn't even put her name in it," Sturgis' mother Veronica Rodriguez said. "I was so furious when she told me about it. Ceara started crying and I told her to suck it up. Is that not pathetic for them to do that? Yet again, they have crapped on her and made her feel alienated."

While the original article by JFP's Adam Lynch cites that Copiah County School District spokeswoman Martha Traxler refused to comment and referred questions to the county attorney, we went ahead and called Wesson Attendance Center directly.

The principal was out on traffic duty when we called, but Tammy Newman, who answered the phone at the school, said reports that Ceara was scrubbed from the yearbook are "inaccurate - what we're asking is for someone, before they make accusations against us, they need to actually look at the yearbook."

How soon until a full scan of the yearbook can hit the Internet and settle the question?

original: Jackson Free Press via boingboing