Typo or blatant racism? Muslim student in California misidentified as ‘Isis’ in yearbook

Published May 10th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
Bayan Zehlif, a student at Los Osos High School in California, said she was "disgusted, hurt and embarrassed" when her name was misprinted as "Isis" in the yearbook. (Twitter)
Bayan Zehlif, a student at Los Osos High School in California, said she was "disgusted, hurt and embarrassed" when her name was misprinted as "Isis" in the yearbook. (Twitter)

A high school student in California opened her yearbook to find that the name under her photo - showing a smiling 17-year-old wearing a hijab - was not her real name, but was instead "Isis Phillips."

It's either an unfortunate mixup, or a blatant example of Islamophobia, associating a Muslim student with "Isis," another acronym for the Daesh militant group.

“I guess I’m Isis in the yearbook,” the Los Osos High School student, Bayan Zehlif, tweeted.

She also wrote on Facebook, saying she was “extremely saddened, disgusted, hurt and embarrassed” that her school “was able to get away with this.”

“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 post that was shared over 3,000 times by Monday. Dozens also reacted with supportive messages, offering their regret at what happened.

The principal of the school, Susan Petrocelli, maintains the name was a mistake, saying the school is "taking every step possible to correct & investigate a regrettable misprint discovered in the yearbook," she said in a tweet. She said in an interview with a local CBS affiliate that Isis Phillips was the name of a former student at the high school.

 


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