The parents of a student at an Arizona charter middle school were shocked to open the 8th grade yearbook and find that one of the graduates with a Muslim first name was deemed ‘most likely to bomb the U.S.’
Bree Brown, whose 11-year-old daughter attends the Sonoran Science Academy in Peoria, Arizona, said her daughter showed her the yearbook passage.
‘I looked down and read, most likely to bomb the U.S. and I just sat there for a second and thought, no way. This is not happening,’ Brown told KNXV-TV.
‘I thought it was a joke, I didn’t believe her at first,’ said her husband, Kian Brown.
In the United States, it is customary for the graduating class to publish a yearbook in which classmates vote on their peers who are ‘most likely to’ do a certain thing in life.
The parents of a student at an Arizona charter middle school were shocked to open the 8th grade yearbook and find that one of the graduates with a Muslim first name was deemed ‘most likely to bomb the U.S’
Bree Brown, whose 11-year-old daughter attends the Sonoran Science Academy in Peoria, Arizona, said her daughter showed her the yearbook passage
But the school released a statement saying that the 8th grade class did not take any votes and that the passage about ‘most likely to bomb’ was written as a joke by the student himself.
‘It was missed. There’s a faculty advisor in charge of the yearbook. They did not catch it,’ Matthew Benson, a spokesman for the Sonoran Science Academy, said.
The parents said they found other objectionable passages in the yearbook, including one student who was ‘voted most likely to “boonk” from a gang member.’
‘Boonk’ is a slang term meaning ‘to steal.’
But the school released a statement saying that the 8th grade class did not take any votes and that the passage about ‘most likely to bomb’ was written as a joke by the student himself
Another student was voted ‘most likely to be an internet scammer’ and another said their favorite memory was ‘being stabbed with a pencil.’
‘That was an actual occurrence that happened at the school. Police were called. It wasn’t funny,’ Bree Brown said
The school principal, Deb Hofmeier, put out a statement which read: ‘On Friday night, I became aware of an inappropriate entry included with the 2017-18 yearbook in which a student self-designated they were “Voted Most Likely to Bomb the U.S.”
‘To be clear, there was no class vote. Each student self-selected a superlative for himself or herself.
‘After speaking with the student and the student’s parents, it is apparent the comment was a misguided attempt at humor.
‘There was absolutely no malicious intent on the part of the student.
‘Regardless, our entire administrative team takes this seriously.
The school released a statement apologizing for the incident
‘The comment should have been caught and removed during the editing process before the yearbook was published.
‘Our school is investigating how this incident occurred, and has already taken disciplinary action against the faculty adviser in charge of the yearbook.
‘Going forward, we will be instituting a more stringent review process to ensure this cannot happen again.
‘In the meantime, we have reached out to each of our Sonoran Science Academy-Peoria families to express our deep regret regarding this incident.
‘We are also collecting yearbooks from students who had already received them, and will have a new, edited batch printed and distributed at no additional charge to families.
‘On behalf of Sonoran Science Academy-Peoria, I apologize for any inconvenience and for the larger situation, which does not accurately reflect our students, school mission or the values we share with our families and community.’