A Mississippi high school is making headlines after erasing the yearbook picture of a lesbian student who opted to wear a tuxedo in her senior portrait.
Ceara Sturgis, a senior at Wesson Attendance Center says officials pulled her picture from the publication and erased all traces of her name.
The honor roll student's mother Veronica Rodriguez is outraged and rallied together the Mississippi ACLU or American Civil Liberties Union for help after learning in October that the school was planning on scrapping the picture.
The ACLU issued a letter to the school demanding that they use the picture but officials refused.
When the school handed out yearbooks Friday, Rodriguez says she was shocked.
She tells the Jackson Free Press,
“It's like she's nobody there, even though she's gone to school there for 12 years. They mentioned none of her accolades, even though she's one of the smartest students there with wonderful grades. They've got kids in the book that have been busted for drugs. There's even a picture of one of the seniors who dropped out of school.”
School officials have declined comment.
Ceara Sturgis and Her Mother Veronica Rodriguez