Alaska Governor Sarah Palin says her future son-in-law is not a high school dropout as the press is reporting.
The former Republican vice-presidential candidate also issued a statement about the birth of her first grandchild. Palin said on Wednesday that 18-year-old Levi Johnston is enrolled in high school through a correspondence program.
Palin said some media outlets also are erroneously reporting that her 18-year-old daughter, Bristol, is a high school dropout. The governor said her daughter is enrolled in regular high school and has taken correspondence courses. The AP reported in an October story that Johnston dropped out of high school to work on the North Slope oil fields. The wire service hasn't mentioned Bristol Palin's status in school.
A phone message left at the home of Johnston's mother wasn't immediately returned on Wednesday.
Bristol Palin and Johnston are the parents of Sarah Palin's first grandchild, Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, who was born on Saturday.
Palin's office initially would not comment on the birth of the couple's baby, but on Wednesday the governor broke the silence.
"We are over the moon with the arrival of this healthy, beautiful baby," Palin said in a statement. "The road ahead for this young couple will not be easy, but nothing worthwhile is ever easy. Bristol and Levi are committed to accomplish what millions of other young parents have accomplished, to provide a loving and secure environment for their child."
In the statement, Palin's spokesman Bill McAllister said, "The high volume of press inquiries, along with some erroneous information that was published, prompted the governor to make a statement."
In the same statement, Bristol Palin said she "obviously discourages" teen pregnancy and understands previous plans have been forever changed.
Johnston has said he and Bristol plan to marry.
(China Daily 01/02/2009 page6)