'They thought I was nuts': Meet the high school student who faked her own pregnancy [View all]
'They thought I was nuts': Meet the high school student who faked her own pregnancy - for a social experiment
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
UPDATED: 13:18 EST, 22 April 2011
Most students are happy to choose a conventional topic for their senior year project.
But aspiring social worker Gaby Rodriguez was determined to do something a little more challenging for hers, even if it meant lying to her whole school.
So the 17-year-old student from Washington State faked her own pregnancy, spending months wearing a fake belly to convince her friends - and gather their reactions.
Only a handful of people, including her mother, her boyfriend, and the school's principal, knew her burgeoning baby bump was in fact made from wire mesh and cotton quilting.
Her older brothers, the school's teachers and all the students aside from her best friend had been convinced she was pregnant - as had her boyfriend's parents.
Gaby said: 'At times, I just wanted to take it off and be done. I didn't want to go through this any more.'
She unveiled the truth - quite literally - on Wednesday, when she took off her fake bump in front of the entire student body at Toppenish High School in a presentation called 'stereotypes, rumours and statistics'.
Gaby decided to carry out the experiment as part of her senior project, which every student must pass in order to graduate.