The principal of a California high school is full of apologies after the school’s yearbook identified a Muslim student as “Isis.” The school continues to call this a “typo,” but the student, who’s senior picture will now forever be a reminder of the Islamaphobia and racism that has taken over America, isn’t buying it.
The student, who wears a traditional Muslim hijab, was shocked when she opened her Los Osos High School yearbook and found the name “Isis Phillips” below her picture. Although this is the name of an unrelated student who no longer attends the school, it is indeed hard to believe that his was just a simple “typo.”
The incident sparked outrage after the girl posted the picture to Twitter and Facebook with the following caption:
I am extremely saddened, disgusted, hurt and embarrassed that the Los Osos High School yearbook was able to get away with this. Apparently I am “Isis” in the yearbook. The school reached out to me and had the audacity to say that this was a typo. I beg to differ, let’s be real.
Her facebook post has been shared more than 3,000 times.
Susan Petrocelli, the principal of Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, took to Twitter on Saturday to an issue an apology and promise that the situation would be investigated and rectified.
LOHS is taking every step possible to correct & investigate a regrettable misprint discovered in the yearbook. We sincerely apologize.
— Susan Petrocelli (@LosOsosHigh) May 8, 2016
The school’s yearbook also issued an apology through Twitter, accepting fault for this “misunderstanding” and stating that they “should have checked each name carefully.”
— LOHS Yearbook (@LosOsosYearbook) May 7, 2016
Attorneys with the Greater Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) are working with the girl and her family and are conducting an investigation into the situation as well.
We join with the family in their concern about a possible bias motive for this incident and in the deep concern for their daughter’s safety as a result of being falsely labeled as a member of a terrorist group,” said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. “No student should have to face the humiliation of being associated with a group as reprehensible as ISIS.
According to CAIR-LA, approximately 200 yearbooks have already been distributed to students. The organization added that the student, whose name is being withheld to protect her from further public humiliation, does not plan on returning to school “until the issue is resolved appropriately.”
It is heart wrenching that this girl has to end her senior year of high school this way.
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