13-year-old harassed in school for having picture of military brother

Brianna Gentry 
By: Eva Fett 

(Scroll down for video) A mother believes that her daughter is being singled out for placing a military photo in her book binder.

Like many middle school students, 13-year-old Brianna Gentry likes to decorate her school notebook with pictures of herself, her family and friends, but one of these pictures is very special. She keeps a picture of her brother Derrick, a military officer stationed in Montana, in a prominent place.

"My brother is very important to me," Brianna said. "I have not seen him in a long time," she said.

So Brianna and her mother were surprised when Eudy Jaima, an administrator at Golden Valley Middle School in San Bernardino, told the girl that she was breaking school rules, by showing the photo as well as one of her football team, although there is no explicit rule against placing the photos in folders.

"The teacher pulled me out of class twice and told me that the photos are added material," Brianna said. "But they have not removed other students from class for having pictures, just me," she said.

Eudy sent an angry letter to the school saying that her daughter was being singled out and discriminated against. The school responded by sending home a list of rules for the AVID program, a high performance club that Brianna is a part of, with the section about binders highlighted. However, Eudy said the rules never specifically said that photos were not allowed.

"I was very upset about it, because it is an AVID rule, not a rule for the whole entire school," Eudy said. "I think if you're going to enforce a rule, the rule should apply to all children," she said.