School: Golden Valley Middle School. San Bernadino, CA.
Brianna Gentry, 13, keeps her older brother Derrick’s picture on her notebook, along with shots of her softball team.
Brianna’s brother is a military policeman stationed in Montana.
"My brother’s very important to me," Brianna told KTLA. "I haven’t seen him in a while."
But Brianna is a member of the AVID program for top students at Golden Valley Middle School, and the pictures were apparently breaking some unwritten rule.
KTLA asked the school district for some guidance, and it agreed to meet Brianna halfway. The brother could stay, but the softball team had to go.
"We want our students to be successful, and if this is the type of motivation that’s going to help this young lady succeed, then by all means we’ll support her efforts," said school district spokeswoman Linda Bardere.
Both Brianna and her mother say that they are satisfied with the compromise.
"I’d rather have my brother in my pictures than to have nothing at all," Brianna said. "So I’m fine with the decision."
"Her brother is the most important, and I can deal with that," her mother said.