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Muslim student identified as 'Isis' in her school's yearbook
A Muslim student at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California was falsely identified in her school's yearbook as 'Isis', highlighting the ever-growing intolerance shown toward Muslims in America.
The student's name is actually Bayan Zehlif but her yearbook photo was captioned with the moniker 'Isis Phillips'. Chaffey Joint Union High School District Supt. Mat Holton believes the matter was simply a matter of misidentification, stating that Zehlif was incorrectly identified as another student at the school. Los Osos High's principal, Susan Petrocelli, tweeted from the school's Twitter account that the whole ordeal was simply a “regrettable misprint.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations has launched an investigation into the matter.
Regardless of whether or not the intent of the yearbook's editors was malicious or not, the “regrettable misprint” seems to be a little convenient at a time when violent attitudes toward the Muslim community are prevalent. If CAIR's investigation finds that there was no actual wrongdoing in this instance, it's still worth noting that the yearbook has been already published and there are no current plans to reissue it with Zehlif's correct information. At the end of the day, Zehlif will still have to deal with the humiliation of her picture being captioned with the name of a terrorist organization that associates itself with the same religion she practices.