A school binder decorated with pictures of a 13-year-old's older brother and her softball team nearly led the girl being kicked out of school, her mother claims.
Seen in his military uniform, a photograph of Brianna Gentry's older brother Derrick who is stationed in Montana as a military policeman is one of several pictures on her school binder.
'My brother is very important to me. I haven't seen him in a while,' Brianna told KTLA on her reasoning behind the photo's placement.
Around him are also pictures of her softball team.
Both pictures, however, as Brianna recently learned, do not comply with her school's rules with the eighth grader's membership of their AVID program for top or advanced students.
'The counselor took me out of class twice telling me that the pictures aren't AVID material,' Brianna said. 'But they haven't pulled out any other students with pictures out from their class. Just me.'
According to the school, which sent a copy of AVID's rules home for her to re-read, all students must 'maintain the AVID binder with assignments, grade sheets, and daily notes as required.'
Finding school officials' argument against her daughter's photographs absurd, and not in conflict with what they had agreed to, Brianna's mother fired back.
'These items are in her binder and will remain in her binder. The contract does not say a student cannot have pictures in the outside sleeve.
'The principal told me yesterday the rule is based on interpretation. Having a neat, clean binder is a matter of opinion.
'We will follow the rules set forth which do not include the removal of photos.'
'Her brother is a positive role model in her life,' her mother Jaima Eudy told KTLA. 'Her softball team she's very active in little league, she has been for six years. So, these are things that are happy moments for her.'
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