Target: Susan Petrocelli, Principal of Los Osos High School
Goal: Punish students who labeled Muslim teenager as “Isis” in high school yearbook.
A Muslim teenager was identified as “Isis Phillips” in her high school yearbook where she’s photographed wearing her hijab. Bayan Zehlif posted a photo of it online saying she was hurt and embarrassed, so the school claimed it was a typo. The yearbook staff claimed malice wasn’t their intention when they made the so-called mistake. Not only is it racist, but to label a teenager as part of a terrorist group could be dangerous to her well-being.
Putting a Muslim kid’s name as “Isis” seems to be no mistake and the school should be ashamed of themselves for trying to brush off this apparent racism and call it a typo. Surely the principal, who called it a “misprint,” is intelligent enough to see that it is unlikely that this was an innocent mistake. Demand that the school staff and yearbook staff stop brushing this event under the rug and reprimand whoever was responsible for printing the hurtful name.
Dear Principal Petrocelli,
In this year’s high school yearbook, a Muslim student, wearing her hijab, appeared under the name “Isis Phillips” instead of her real name, which is nothing close to the racist one printed.
It seems that the school and yearbook staff don’t take racism seriously since they’re claiming this was an innocent mistake when that is hard to believe. We demand that you stop covering up for this deplorable behavior and reprimand whoever is responsible for tainting this poor young girl’s yearbook photo.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: anuarsalleh