Student Who Was Renamed ‘Isis’ in Yearbook Accused of Being ‘Racist Against Herself’ for Objecting


A young California student has taken to social media to speak out about her high school yearbook misidentifying her in a rather unmistakable and offensive way. Los Osos High School senior Bayan Zehlif was shocked to see her photo in the yearbook above the caption “Isis Phillips, 11th,” and took to Twitter and Facebook to express her displeasure at being the victim of what she believes to be a prank:

The school has defended the mistake as an innocent mixup between Zehlif and another student who transferred earlier in the school year, but regardless of whether or not you buy that story, the response from one member of the yearbook staff:

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

This was the connotation that emerged in Zehlif’s mind when she saw the page. Trevor Santellan, a student on the yearbook team, told KABC that “Isis Phillips” is the real name of an 11th-grade student who formerly attended Los Osos. She transferred earlier in the year.

In a message to the New York Daily News, Santellan said: “If anything, [Zehlif] is being racist against herself because she misinterpreted it.”

There seems to be very little chance that this was an innocent mistake, but even if it were, that quote is as revealing as the “mistake” was in the first place.

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