Teen with Down syndrome is heartbroken after posing for yearbook photo with her cheerleading squad and the school chooses a second image WITHOUT her for publication.
Teen with Down syndrome excluded from cheerleading team’s yearbook photo
Morgyn Arnold, 14, posed for photos with the team at Shoreline Junior High School in Layton, Utah, only to learn later that the school selected an image without her to publish in the yearbook.
“I hope no one has to experience the heartbreak that comes when the person you love comes home from school damaged, and shows them that they are not in the picture with their team.” Said the teen’s sister, Jordyn Poll, on Facebook.
Poll explained that her little sister was in charge of the cheerleading squad and “spent hours, learning dances, looking to play and cheer on her school and friends, only to be excluded to the official yearbook photo.”
Shoreline Junior High administrators responded that the selection of the photo without Morgan was a “mistake.”
“We are still analyzing what happened and why it happened,” they wrote on Facebook.
“We are sorry for the family, and sincerely apologize to others who are affected by this error. We will continue to address the issue with the student’s parents. We will continue to look at our processes to make sure this does not happen again.”
This is the second time in three years that sweet Morgyn was left out of the yearbook. A couple of years ago she wasn’t even exluded from the class list.” Continued her sister Poll on facebook.
“We contacted the school administration this year and the response we got was as ignorant as the photo.”
“To the Shoreline Junior administrator who obviously said she didn’t know what we expected of them, and there was nothing they could do, I hope they can take this away: they can be better and I hope they are better ” .
Poll added that her Facebook post that was in no way a criticism of the other members of the cheerleading squad.
“Please hear me clearly: these girls are not the problem. They were kind, inclusive and friends of Morgyn’.”