Gaby Rodriguez was a 17-year-old, straight-A high school student at Toppenish High School in Washington when she announced to the world that she was pregnant. The big secret: She wasn’t actually pregnant at all. Yet for six months she would pretend to be, wearing a fake belly that grew in size, until she announced again in front of the entire school that she had faked it all.
This wasn’t a scam or a scheme, like we’ve seen with fake pregnancies before, this was an experiment for one pretty incredible reason. Gaby Rodriguez wanted to know how her life would change if she were a teen mother. Her experienced proved one thing: Teen moms have to deal with bullying, shame, and stigmas. The people who once knew and loved her were quick to turn on her and start rumors.