Written by Nick Kammerer
Most high school alumni remember the release of the yearbook that marked the fast-approaching end of what usually was an exhausting school year. For Irving High School students, the release of the 2013 school yearbook was cut short after an inappropriate slur was discovered under the name of a freshman cheerleader.
Written below a picture of the Irving High School junior-varsity cheerleading squad in the yearbook, the words, “Ugly Hoe” were used to replace one of the girls’ names.
Only 12 of the 225 printed yearbooks were released to students before the offensive slur was noticed. Students who received the yearbook were forced to return them. The yearbooks are currently being reprinted and students will receive their new yearbooks in the last week of June, according to an Irving ISD representative.
The Irving Independent School District is still investigating the incident and questioning how the yearbook was tampered with prior to being printed.
After the incident, Irving ISD changed their practice so that all student access to the yearbook in the future will be prohibited after the final faculty review.
Irving High School students indicated this incident was not the first time the cheerleader was a victim of bullying, and that the incident was possibly a result of a fall-out between multiple students.