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‘ISIS’ Gets Apology From California School: Hijab-Wearing Student Shamed in Yearbook


A hijab-wearing student, who was mistakenly named “Isis” Philips in the high school yearbook has got an apology from the California school.

Bayan Zehlif, a student of Los Osos High School in the city of Rancho Cucamunga, California, shared her picture on their yearbook on Facebook. She said she was “disheartened and embarrassed”.

“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.” she said in a Facebook post.

According to Telegraph, Susan Petrocelli, the headmistress of the school, said that Isis Philip is another former student of the school. She said she would look into the matter closely if anyone conspired against her.

“If there is a student that has responsibly and intentionally committed this, we will take the appropriate action that is necessary,” she said.


In a report by ABC7 News, Hussam Ayloush, executive director of The Council on American-Islamic Relations, on Sunday, said : “No student should have to face the humiliation of being associated with a group as reprehensible as ISIS.”

“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 labelled as a member of a terrorist group,” he added.

The school’s yearbook staff also apologised in a tweet.

“We are extremely sorry for what occurred in the yearbook. It is our duty to represent the students of Los Osos High School and by mistagging and giving the incorrect name, we failed to do so,” they said.

The administration was informed about the blunder after 287 copies of the yearbook were distributed out of 3000 in the school.

The school authority has corrected the caption, which will become next print run.


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