Hijab-Clad High School Student Named 'Isis' In Yearbook

The school says it’s an honest mistake, a typographical error. The student begs to differ, pointing out the enormity of the "mistake."

Yearbooks are supposed to be a commemoration and celebration of the past school year but not for one California student.

A hijab-wearing Muslim student at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga was shocked and disgusted after she discovered the name “Isis Phillips” below her photo in her yearbook.

Isis, which used to be a popular baby name for girls, is now widely used as an acronym for the terrorist group Islamic State.

Now, it could’ve been disregarded as an honest mistake, most probably a misprint. However, the girl’s real name is Bayan Zehlif, which means it’s not just a simple typographical error.

Recommended: "We All Think You Are A Terrorist," Teacher Tells Muslim Student

Zehlif posted a photo from one of the yearbook’s pages on her social media accounts.

“I am extremely saddened, disgusted, hurt and embarrassed that the Los Osos High School yearbook was able to get away with this,” she wrote on Facebook. “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.”

Shortly after Zehlif’s story went viral, the school’s principal Susan Petrocelli apologized for the error:


The Los Osos High School yearbook also responded on Twitter, admitting the typo wasn’t corrected.


Meanwhile, the school district’s superintendent promised to look into the case, acknowledging the possibility of the misprint being intentional.

“The yearbook publisher has already been contacted and is working on a solution to remedy this unfortunate situation,” Superintendent Mat Holton told the Whittier Daily News. “If they find that a student acted irresponsibly and intentionally, administration will take appropriate actions.”

See Also: Catholic School Refuses To Close Down Prayer Room For Muslim Students

Thumbnail/Banner Credits: Reuters

View Comments

Recommended For You