LONGVIEW, Wash. (KOIN 6) — High school yearbooks generally evoke feelings of pride and shared memories. Not this year in Longview.
Students at Mark Morris High School told KOIN 6 News they are not feeling any pride after seeing Page 62 of this yearbook.
The headline: “It’s what’s inside that counts.” The photos are of students in the special education program.
“Just because they may be different from the outside doesn’t mean they don’t have the same dreams and expectations,” the yearbook adds.
Sophomore Brent Jones said these are his friends, and said he could have also been on this page.
“It’s just not very nice,” he said. “I just don’t want to be represented like that. I don’t want people to see my face and think that I’m different.”
But he’s listed on another page that makes him feel equally bad and has his mother fuming.
Brent Jones is listed under, “Most likely to live in a cardboard box.”
“This is a category that shouldn’t even be allowed in the book,” said his mother, Dana.
The district is concerned about what ended up in the yearbook and is now addressing the issues with the advisor and yearbook staff.
“I don’t know the specific process, but the (yearbook) class is led by the teacher,” said district spokesperson Sandy Catt.
Officials said there will be heightened scrutiny to the materials that go into the yearbook publication.
But this year’s yearbook has already gone out to everyone.