Muslim Girl Labeled ISIS In Los Osos High School Yearbook

Bayan Zehlif, a student in the city of Rancho Cucamunga, 40 miles east of Los Angeles, was shocked to see her High school year book. Bayan found out that she has been named “Isis Phillips” beneath her photograph, a name by which she was often dubbed by her classmates.

Zehlif posted a photo of her yearbook photo to Twitter, saying, “I guess I’m Isis in the yearbook”


“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,” Bayan Zehlif, 17, said in a Facebook post on Friday.  Beyan added “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.”

Susan Petrocelli, the headmistress, said a student named Isis Phillips used to attend the school. “If there is a student that has responsibly and intentionally committed this, we will take the appropriate action that is necessary,” she said.

The yearbook staff for Los Osos’s “Our Story” apologized on Twitter, calling the incident a mistake. “We are extremely sorry for what occurred in the yearbook. It is our duty to represent the students of Los Osos High School and by mis-tagging and giving the incorrect name, we failed to do so,” they said. “We should have checked each name carefully in the book and we had no intention to create this misunderstanding.” “It is our fault and this is absolutely inexcusable on our part. We are currently working in coordination with the school and district office to remedy this situation.” The Chaffey Joint Union High School District said in a statement. “We are investigating to figure how this happened and we are certainly sensitive to the young lady. We have been in contact with the family and will continue to work with them to determine how this could happen and how we can remedy the situation,”

The school has so far printed 287 yearbooks, out of 3,000 that will eventually be distributed. They have corrected the caption for the next print run.

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