Muslim Teen Furious After She's Misnamed 'Isis' in High School Yearbook Photo
California eleventh grader Bayan Zehlif is speaking out after staff at her high school yearbook gave her the name "Isis Phillips."
A California teen is speaking out after staff at her high school's yearbook mislabeled her photo with the name "Isis."
Los Osos High School student Bayan Zehlif posted a snapshot of the photo, in which she's wearing a hijab and labeled "Isis Phillips," to Facebook on Saturday.
"I am extremely saddened, disgusted, hurt and embarrassed that the Los Osos High School yearbook was able to get away with this," the eleventh grader wrote.
According to Zehlif, the school has blamed it all on an innocent mixup.
"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 wrote.
Principal Susan Petrocelli has, meanwhile, publicly issued an apology to Zehlif, who she did not name.
"LOHS is taking every step possible to correct & investigate a regrettable misprint discovered in the yearbook. We sincerely apologize," Petrocelli wrote on Twitter.
Yearbook staff also publicly apologized on Twitter.
“We are extremely sorry for what occurred in the Yearbook,” the apology read in part. “We should have checked each name carefully in the book and we had no intention to create this misunderstanding.”
LOHS is taking every step possible to correct & investigate a regrettable misprint discovered in the yearbook. We sincerely apologize.May 8, 2016
The yearbook's apology went on to call the "misunderstanding...absolutely inexcusable."
One student on the yearbook staff told ABC News that there was, in fact, a student at LOHS named Isis Phillips but that she transferred earlier in the year.
The Los Angeles chapter of CAIR, a national anti-Islamophobia group, issued a statement Sunday condemning the misprint and calling for an investigation into the matter.
"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," wrote CAIR-LA's Hussam Ayloush. "No student should have to face the humiliation of being associated with a group as reprehensible as ISIS."
An off-hours call to the Chaffey Joint Union High School District was not immediately returned Sunday.
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