This case of life imitating art does is definitely not fetch…
An American high school is desperately trying to claw back copies of a school yearbook – dubbed “a real-life Burn Book” – in which insulting and offensive messages were printed under some students’ photographs.
The yearbook was then widely distributed.
It appears the yearbook editors at Dallas’ W.T. White High School may have been inspired by the 2004 teen movie Mean Girls, in which a “Burn Book” records rumours, gossip and offensive lies about each student of a fictional high school.
But the book – which also thanks principal for proof-reading the publication – is causing embarrassment and distress for a number of upset teens and parents, NBC reports.
One of those teens is the school’s prom queen, Juanita Cedillo, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair to get around.
The personal quote under Juanita’s picture has been replaced with this insult: “Want to hear the most annoying noise in the world?”
“I questioned myself,” Juanita told NBC.
“I was like, ‘What could be that annoying noise? Was it my voice?'”
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“I went in there Monday, thinking, ‘Yay, it’s here. The thing that I’ve been waiting for is here,'” she said.
“For them to taint it, it’s not OK. It really isn’t. Don’t taint something that’s important.”
Comments with sexual innuendos have replaced other students’ quotes.
“When do I get the call from Teen Mom?” appeared under one girl’s image.
“The only negativity around here should be a pregnancy test,” stated another.
Parents are upset that the alterations went unnoticed, tarnishing the school’s reputation – and the reputations of the students affected.
Around 90 per cent of the yearbooks have been recovered so far and the school is investigating how the changes occurred.
The yearbook will be corrected and reprinted.
Juanita said she hopes her new quote will read: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”