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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

My Yearbook Picture is Captioned: Total Dork

Since people at times get frustrated with the registration required to see the things to which I link, I will reprint this whole little AP story here:

WAXAHACHIE – A North Texas school district has apologized to a student who was listed under the name "Black Girl" in a high school yearbook photo of the school's National Honor Society.

All white students are identified by name in the photograph in the Waxahachie High School yearbook, which was distributed on Friday. The teen identified as "Black Girl" is the only black student in the photo.

The label apparently was meant to be a placeholder until the yearbook staff could track down the student's name, district spokeswoman Candace Ahlfinger said in Sunday's edition of the Waxahachie Daily Light.

She said using that label was a poor choice, but it was not meant maliciously and was not meant to be printed.

School board president Joe Langley said a student made the mistake. "I'm sure the student is very sorry," he said.

District administrators and high school faculty members were expected to meet on Monday to discuss the mistake, Ahlfinger said. She said the district probably would make adjustments to the yearbook and yearbook staff to avoid such incidents in the future.

I don't know what's more ridiculous -- the fact that it happened or the fact that it led Channel 8 local news last night. Yearbooks are a bastion of pointlessness anyway, at least the ones that don't have a song lyric on every page. You should see the captions we used to put on the pictures (in pen after we got them). I'll try to get some of the best ones on here somehow.

In other news, last night a drunk gentleman ran his car into our apartment complex's metal fence right by our apartment. I'll have to take a picture of the damage and show y'all. Thankfully, nobody was hurt, although they did cart the drunk driver off to jail.


  • At 10:00 AM, Blogger jill said…

    I was hoping you'd share that article with your readers. I don't know if you knew that the NAACP is investigating.

    And yes, take a picture of the fence. I was talking to Frank at the time and I want to show it to him.

  • At 8:59 AM, Blogger Brian said…

    Never mind the stuff that did make it into the LHS yearbooks--you should've seen the kinda crap we used as placeholders. WOuld've gotten us sued like crazy. Of course, since I was the guy making sure they all got removed, none of them stayed behind. But our Herff Jones reps did caution us against using placeholders at all because this happens more than it should.

    Though it's pretty much a yearbook urban legend meme, there are stories of kids who killed themselves after being demeaned by a caption in the yearbook that "wasn't supposed to be published." It's double-edged morality tale, because the real moral of the story is "check your proofs carefully, you lazy 17 year olds."


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