(LATIMES) — A high school yearbook is supposed to be a keepsake, but for a Muslim student in Rancho Cucamonga it will be a painful reminder of being misidentified as “Isis Phillips” in a photo that showed her smiling and wearing a hijab.
Bayan Zehlif, a student at Los Osos High School, posted a photo from one of the yearbook’s pages on Twitter and Facebook. The caption below the photo did not have her name but instead identified her as Isis Phillips.
Years ago, such a blunder might be dismissed as a simple misprint, but Isis — once a popular baby name — is today often associated with the acronym for the extremist group Islamic State.
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“I am extremely saddened, disgusted, hurt and embarrassed that the Los Osos High School yearbook was able to get away with this,” Zehlif wrote on Facebook. “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.”