A teenage cheerleader with Down's syndrome has been devastated after being left out of her school's team yearbook photos.
Morgyn Arnold, 14, came home upset and asking about why she wasn't in one of two images of the Shoreline Junior High School's team in Utah, US.
She had been the team's manager, attended practices and cheered alongside her friends at every home game, her sister Jordyn Poll said.
School bosses apologised after the one photo without her was used in promotional materials, reported NBC News.
Jordyn, 25, wrote on Facebook: "Everyone knows how it feels to be excluded.
"It's never a good feeling, so of course Morgyn was bummed.
"I hope that no one ever has to experience the heartbreak that comes when the person they love comes home from school devastated and shows them that they’re not in the picture with their team.
"I hope that no one ever has to explain why people deliberately choose to be exclusive.
"There were two photos: one with Morgyn and one without. A choice was made on which photo to submit, a choice made MULTIPLE times and a choice that excluded Morgyn EVERY. SINGLE. TIME."
Jordyn added: "Morgyn could have chosen to be angry or upset, but instead she chose to be understanding, and forgiving.
"Those girls on the team are her friends, and they've been incredibly supportive through all of this.
"I think the important thing here is that we focus more on loving one another and being more inclusive.
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"We can all learn from Morgyn in how she handled this with such a positive attitude.
"We cannot continue to shame one another when mistakes are made. There is no place for shame in all of this."
Shoreline Junior High School said in a statement on Facebook: "We are deeply saddened by the mistake that was made.
"We are continuing to look at what has occurred and why it occurred. Apologies have been made to the family and we sincerely apologize to others impacted by this error.
"We will continue to address it with the parents of the student. We will continue to look at our processes to ensure this does not happen again."
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