Cheer photo

These photos show two versions of a cheerleading group photo at Shoreline Junior High School — one that included a student with Down Syndrome, and another that excluded her and was used in the yearbook.

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The cheerleading squad at Shoreline Junior High took two official team portraits this year.

The first photo included Morgyn Arnold, a 14-year-old student with Down syndrome who’d been working as the cheer team manager and knew all the routines by heart. The second photo included all the other girls, but was taken without Arnold, who was noticeably missing from her spot in the front row.

And it was that second picture without her that the school used on social media and in the yearbook.

Jordyn Poll, Arnold’s older sister, said Arnold was heartbroken when she flipped through the pages and saw she wasn’t included with the rest of her teammates. Her name wasn’t even mentioned.

Poll believes the decision was made because of Arnold’s disability.

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