As you all may remember, New Haven High School hosted a food drive for the local food pantry recently. Since this was student-driven, the teachers generously offered incentives to raise student participation, such as shaving, dying, and waxing their hair. Along with that, the highest donors would be able to shove a pie in the face of the teacher of their choice. However, instead of getting pied, Mr. Tucker was able to strike a deal-- he would wear the child development classes’ pregnancy belly for a whole day!
Before his punishment day, Mr. Tucker said, “I am curious to see what it feels like. I want to be able to understand what women go through with pregnancy.”
Later, Mr. Tucker added that, by doing this, he would like to make a statement, in terms of social diversity. He is hoping to open others’ minds to different possibilities and circumstances.
Mr. Tucker mentioned that going to the bathroom was one of his biggest worries about wearing the belly. Other than that, however, he wasn’t too worried about anything.
When asked if he thought he could last the whole day, Mr. Tucker commented, “I hope so, but if I get too uncomfortable I will have to take it off.”
The morning following his punishment, Mr. Tucker was interviewed once again, to see how his pregnancy went.
Luckily, Mr. Tucker was able to wear the pregnancy belly the whole day; however, he said by fourth hour, he was ready to take it off. When asked about the discomforts, he explained, “My back was tight and the rib constrictor belt was digging into my ribs. Throughout the day my patience lessened, I was getting irritated very easily.”
In the earlier interview, Mr. Tucker said that he wanted to make a statement pertaining to opening others’ minds. However, he felt like he didn’t accomplish this since a change in mindset like that develops over time. It doesn’t just happen in one day or even in a few days.
Mr. Tucker later added, “The experience didn’t cause me to fall behind or anything. I think the fact that most of my classes were testing helped.”
When asked if he would do it again, Mr. Tucker commented, “I would wear it again for a charity type of event, but my curiosity has been satisfied.”
Mr. Tucker was the first male to wear the pregnancy belly. He was brave and curious enough to be willing to try what women must endure the final month before they can bring new life into the world. Although just for one day, and primarily to get out of a pie to the face, Mr. Tucker turned it into a learning experience-- not only for him, but for his students and fellow staff. Even with students poking fun, he stayed true to his word and continued on as long as he could. As a whole, we applaud his actions. Good job, Mr. Tucker!