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Jun 4, 2015 3:42 PM

Senior says Belmont High barring photo with her son from running in local paper


BELMONT - The late June edition of the Winnisquam Echo that celebrates Belmont High School seniors will not have Senior Mackenzie Ranger’s photo in it.

Mackenzie didn’t want to speak with us on camera but her Facebook says it all.

“My photo is unacceptable, because my son is in it," the post reads. "I am promoting teen pregnancy in their eyes.”

The school said no such conversation happened.

The are blaming the Echo, saying it’s been years of tradition to have the photos be shot in a specific way.

“For the 11 years that I’ve been here, it’s always been when they request a photo of the senior class we give them a head shot of each graduating senior, and that’s it," Principal Dan Clary said. "It goes against what we’ve done in the past.”

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But students told NH1 News that statement is not necessarily accurate.

“Other people have, like, dogs in their senior pictures and animals, so of course she should have her son," Belmont student Mercedes Scott said. "She loves him.”

The Echo had no comment on the matter.

Belmont High said they’ve supported Ranger as she attempted to be a student and a parent.

Clary said they allowed Ranger’s son into school as a part of her senior project.

“She had a good time explaining that it was not easy at all doing both," he said. "That is one thing. The picture has nothing to do with Mackenzie or what she is doing with her life. It’s just a simple practice we’ve always done.”

The edition of the Winnisquam Echo with the senior photos is expected to come out in late June.

No word if Ranger will appear in that edition, but for now, it sounds as though the photo of her and her son will not make print.

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