Student Wearing Hijab Misidentified as ‘Isis' in School Yearbook

"I am extremely saddened, disgusted, hurt and embarrassed that the Los Osos High School yearbook was able to get away with this," the student said

A Southern California high school student says she was "saddened, disgusted, hurt and embarrassed" when the school yearbook printed the name "Isis Phillips" next to her photo, in which she is wearing a hijab.

The student, who is not being named because her family asked for privacy, took to social media to call out Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga. She first pointed out the error on Twitter, then posted a photo of the yearbook page on 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."

The photo drew attention from many who criticized the school's mistake. As of Monday, the post had been shared more than 3,500 times.

Chaffey Joint Union High School District Superintendent Mat Holton told the Los Angeles Times the student was misidentified as a peer with the name of Isis. 

Osos High School principal Susan Petrocelli offered an apology on Twitter Saturday, saying the school was taking steps to correct and investigate the misprint. [[378581756, C]]

The Osos High School yearbook also responded on Twitter, admitting fault in the error.

"We should have checked each name carefully in the book and we had no intention to create this misunderstanding," the yearbook staff said.


Attorneys with the Greater Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) have been in contact with the student and her family and were investigating the incident.

"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, some 200 yearbooks have been distributed to students at Los Osos High School.

The organization said the student will not likely return to school "until the issue is resolved appropriately."

Holton told the Los Angeles Times yearbook distribution has been halted until the error is fixed.

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