A senior at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California, was shocked when she received her high school yearbook. Bayan Zehlif is a Muslim student at the school and was upset when she opened her yearbook to find that the name under her photo had been changed to "Isis Phillips."
Bayan immediately took a photo of the yearbook discrimination and posted it to Twitter with a caption that read, “I guess I’m Isis in the yearbook….”
In a more detailed post on Facebook, she was able to explain the pain that she experienced when she saw the photo. Bayan wrote:
“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. 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.”
The school district superintendent claims that Bayan was mistakenly identified as another student who’s name is Isis. However, the Council on American-Islamic Relations said that civil rights attorneys from its Los Angeles office are investigating. They feel that this is a serious matter and that Bayan’s safety may be at risk because she has been tied with a terrorist organization.
Although Bayan has received some positive support, there has been much community backlash, which has forced her to take a leave from school. At this point, she is unsure of when she will be able to return to campus and she fears she may have to take her school finals in isolation.
Bayan hopes that her classmates understand that labeling Muslims as terrorists is dangerous and cruel and will wait until the pending investigation to decide whether or not to take legal action.
Here is the original tweet posted by Bayan:
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