Gabby Rodriguez, only 17 years old, had found herself in a mess she created with no chance of escape.
The 17-year-old student had convinced almost everyone she knew that she was pregnant.
Only she wasn’t and never had been…
For six months, she had convinced everyone she knew that she was pregnant. Many thought her career dreams of becoming a social worker were over before they started.
But she wasn’t pregnant. She was conducting a social experiment that would be compromised if she told anyone. So she was forced to carry the secret.
“A lot of rumors were just that I was irresponsible. No college…it was bound to happen. I knew she would get pregnant. Doesn’t she know she just ruined her life,” says Gaby.
Her principal and the school superintendent, who cleared the stunt beforehand, were aware it was not a real pregnancy.
Says her principal, “I admire her so much. Her courage, her creativity, her strength. She’s gone through so much…alienating some of her friends along the way or being alienated from her friends.”
So did her mom, her best friend, and her boyfriend.
Everyone else thought it was real.
This project was called, "Stereotypes, Rumors and Statistics."
One day, she got up in an assembly to address her classmates…
She spoke to the audience before her big reveal, saying...
“Many things were said about me. Many things traveled all the way back to me.”
She put notecards of all the things said about her under the audience’s seats so that they could read them themselves.