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Teen Fakes Pregnancy for 6 Months as Part of School Project

"The closest people to me were mad at first, they felt lied to, betrayed."

Duped.

That's what students, teachers, and staff at Toppenish High School in Toppenish, WA were. The duper is 17-year-old Gabby Rodriguez, who convince all those around her (including her friends, siblings, and even her boyfriends) for the past 6 months that she's been pregnant. According to her, it was all part of senior project.

Rodriguez revealed her lie -- which she pulled off by wearing a fake belly -- on Wednesday. "The closest people to me were mad at first, they felt lied to, betrayed," she admitted to KNDU-TV:

From KNDU:

Her mother, boyfriend, principal were all in on the secret. They felt the potential reward was worth the possible damage of the deceit.

"I think that it starts the conversation. I don't know if one presentation will change the way people think long term but it certainly gets the ball rolling", says Trevor Greene, Principal of Toppenish High School.

Gaby has kept a record of how students treated her differently over the last six months and the rumors they spread about her.

"It was bound to happen, that I was irresponsible that I wasn't going to continue school", were just some of the few says Gaby, "confronting it an putting it out there for teens to realize that what you say about other teens, it gets to them".

"This leads us to ask what side are we on as adults? Are we doing everything we can to support them in the situations that they're in?", asks Greene.

This was just as easily a test of dedication, Gaby sacrificed 6 ½ months to this project.

One last thing…
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