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Nebraska school pulls yearbook photos of teacher’s baby

Posted at 12:57 PM, Aug 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 13:57:30-04

WAVERLY, Neb. (AP) — School administrators have delayed distribution of a Nebraska high school yearbook in part because of a story that honors a journalism teacher for how she dealt with the death of her son only 96 minutes after his birth.

The district tells the Lincoln Journal Star that photos of the baby accompanying the story in the Waverly High School yearbook violate a policy against memorializing students or staff who have died. It’s the latest example of officials blocking actions by students who want to mark such deaths.

The Waverly case centers on yearbook adviser Erin Konecky, who was named the state’s 2019 Mother of the Year for her work to ensure parents of babies who die during or soon after birth receive cards of condolence, rather than congratulations, from state agencies.