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Yearbook controversy over pregnant bellies

WHITE CLOUD, Mich - Two Michigan students have been banned from showing their baby bumps in the school yearbook.

Deonna Harris says she was pulled aside this week by a yearbook staff member and told her photo would have to be re-taken because the previous shot displayed Harris' pregnant belly.

Kimberly Haney also is pregnant and not permitted to show her midsection in the White Cloud High School yearbook.

Haney tells WOOD-TV (http://bit.ly/10rUAhX ) she "went to the bathroom and cried" when she received the news.

Both girls say they're being discriminated against. White Cloud superintendent Barry Seabrook said Thursday allowing the pictures to appear in the yearbook would be contrary to the state's mandate that public schools' sex-education curricula be abstinence-based.

Haney and Harris have decided against shooting new photos that hide their pregnancies.

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