School Faces Backlash After 14-Year-Old With Down Syndrome Was Cut Out Of Her Cheerleading Yearbook Photo

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One of the most exciting parts of school is getting the school yearbook. Students eagerly flip the pages to see photos of themselves and their friends. For many students, this is a happy time, reliving memories from the school year. Unfortunately, sometimes major mistakes happen.

Morgyn Arnold is a 14-year-old girl with Down Syndrome. She is also a member of the cheerleading team at Shoreline Junior High School. According to a Facebook post written by her 25-year-old sister, Jordyn Poll, Arnold has “spent hours learning dances, showing up to games, and cheering on her school and friends.” Yet, if you look at her yearbook, you would never know she was part of the cheerleading team.

When Arnold came home from school with her yearbook, she was devastated. She wasn’t in the photo of the cheerleading team, and her name wasn’t even mentioned. It wasn’t because she didn’t show up for photo day. She was there when the team had their photo taken. The problem is that there were two photos, and Arnold was only in one of them. The one that excluded her was the one used in the yearbook.

Poll wrote, “I hope that no one ever has to experience the heartbreak that comes when the person they love comes home from school devastated and shows them that they’re not in the picture with their team. I hope no one ever has to explain why people deliberately choose to be exclusive.”

This isn’t even the first time Arnold has been left out of the school yearbook. Two years earlier, she was excluded from the school roster. The school claims that both instances were simply mistakes.

Watch the video below to learn more about the yearbook mishap and to hear Poll explain how her sister feels about this unfortunate situation.

Arnold isn’t holding a grudge against her friends or the school, and her family is choosing to follow her example. Yet, that doesn’t mean that they’re going to ignore this situation. They hope the school will make changes to make sure nothing like this happens again.

How would you react if you were left out of a school yearbook photo? Do you think the school left this 14-year-old out of the school yearbook on purpose?