Teen upset after being called 'freak' in school yearbook - KMSP-TV

Teen upset after being called 'freak' in school yearbook

Posted: Updated:
PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -

A teen is upset after he found an insult printed under his yearbook picture. Under Dylan Worthen's band picture in the South Paulding High School yearbook, someone identified the freshman trumpet player as a "freak."

Worthen said he was surprised to see the picture.

"When I noticed it I was like, ‘Wow, who would do that,'" said Dylan Worthen.

"He's my son that I think the world of and he is no way any kind of freak. He has the biggest heart of any 16-year-old child I know," said Dylan's mother, Susan Powell.

The yearbook has a faculty advisor whose job is to proof the pages.

School officials said they don't know who is responsible for the word, or how it happened.

Dylan's other two yearbook appearances were listed under his name in the index, but the one in question was not, which leads his mother to believe it was an intentionally cruel prank that she calls "bullying."

"My son has to go to school and face all these kids that has saw this in the yearbook and I don't know what that's going to be like for him," said Susan Powell.

In a statement, the school district apologized to the family. They said that the matter is under investigation and they are working with the yearbook provider to remedy the situation.

"There's no way to fix this issue. It's in the book printed in ink," said Powell.

The insulted student said he'll take the high road.

"I'm just going to act like it never happened. If anyone says something to me, I'm going to ignore it," said Dylan.

School officials said there were more than 900 year books printed, and there is no easy solution. They are looking at the possibility of putting a sticker so people can place it over the picture. Dylan's mother said that is not an acceptable solution for her.

Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices