Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s 18-year-old daughter Bristol gave birth to her first child, son Tripp, on December 28th. The former vice presidential candidate told PEOPLE that Levi and Bristol are both working hard at being parents.
“You need to know that both Levi and Bristol are working their butts off to parent and going to school and working at the same time,” she adds, “They are certainly not high school dropouts.”
The former vice presidential candidate said she wanted to be clear about their continuing work toward high school degrees because any suggestion otherwise “harms Bristol’s reputation and Levi’s reputation and their chances for good work opportunities.”
Bristol intends to finish her high school degree through correspondence courses. Levi, also 18, told the AP in October that he had left high school to enroll in an apprenticeship program training him as an electrician. Gov. Palin told PEOPLE at the time that she hoped Levi would eventually earn a GED, adding, “I respect that Levi is out there working hard.”