Teen Fakes Pregnancy?!

By: Kara Gilmour - Staff Writer
Published: Apr 22, 2021

Teen Fakes Pregnancy?! A senior teen at a south-central Washington high school fakes her own pregnancy. She spent the past six months working on the project as a social experiment.

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Gaby Rodriguez revealed she was not pregnant Wednesday by taking off the belly bundle in front of a stunned student assembly at Toppenish High School in Yakima, Wash., that ended with a standing ovation.

Teen Fakes Pregnancy

For six-and-a-half months, Gaby wore a homemade prosthetic “bulge,” made out of wire mesh and cotton quilt batting. The Yakima Herald-Republic reported only a handful of people knew Gaby was faking, including her mother, boyfriend and the principal. They helped keep the secret from some of her own siblings and her boyfriend’s family and students and teachers.

Before the revelation, she asked several students and teachers to read quotes people said about her during the course of her experiment.

“Her attitude is changing, and it might be because of the baby or she was always this annoying and I never realized it,” her best friend, Saida Cortes, read.

It grew quiet in the gym as more and more quotes were read aloud. Then Rodriguez dropped her bomb: “I’m fighting against those stereotypes and rumors because the reality is I’m not pregnant.”

She had been nervous about how the crowd might react. After all, she had been lying to them since October. The surprise presentation was part of her report about the perceptions of a pregnant student.


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