UPDATE: Teen mom will bring baby to grad

School changes rules so graduate mother can bring child to celebration

Melissa Jenkins melissa.jenkins@tc.tc
Published on April 28, 2015
Jessica Mason (left), Brandon Bowering (right) and their daughter Iyla were hoping to attend the Ascension Collegiate graduation together, before learning there is a rule banning children from the event.
Photo by Ashley Hiscock Photography

A teenage mother that was initially told she could not bring her four-month-old daughter to her graduation celebration has informed The Compass that the school has changed its mind.

Jessica Mason will now bring her daughter Iyla to the Ascension Collegiate event Friday, May 8.

In an email at 5 p.m. Tuesday from a Newfoundland and Labrador English School District spokesperson, it was confirmed the school was planning on discussing the situation with Mason, and hoped to have a solution in the near future.

When Mason received a phone call from the school's principal saying the school was going to change the rules, she was so excited she immediately took to social media to express her gratitude.

She said an apology was also issued about the email she received from a staff member at the school.

Dozens of messages have come flooding in on Facebook congratulating Mason, who will now proudly attend the prom festivities with baby Iyla, her mom and her boyfriend by her side.

For earlier story, click here.