DEAR ABBY: I'm a 16-year-old mother. After a two-year relationship the father of my daughter left me and will have nothing to do with me or the baby. Then I was diagnosed with kidney disease and my life completely fell apart. My parents have custody of my daughter until I can get on my feet.
I dropped out of school a year ago and haven't been able to find a job. Now I'm trying to get my life back together and get back in school. However, my high school will not let me re-enroll. The principal told my mother, "Those students usually do better in a program where they go to school for only three hours a day and don't need as many credits to graduate." I guess they think if you have a baby, you don't have a brain.
Abby, I was a straight-A student in gifted and talented programs. I took my SAT in seventh grade.
I want to go back to school, but I'm frustrated and don't know what to do. Should I give up, or should I fight for my education? -- FRUSTRATED 16-YEAR-OLD IN NORFOLK, VA.
DEAR FRUSTRATED: Fight for your education; you have what it takes to be a winner. Hang in there, and good luck.