May 23, 2005

TX girl in HS yearbook only identified as 'Black Girl'

From the idiots at work department, the yearbook staff at Waxahachie High School in Waxahachie, TX were so dumb that they actually printed the school's yearbook identifying one senior honor student as "Black Girl," because they were too lazy or stupid to find out her name.

A North Texas school district is having four pages of its high school yearbook reprinted to correct a photo caption that identified a student as "Black Girl."

Administrators in the Ellis County school district said they planned to talk with Waxahachie High School senior Shadoyia Jones to offer an apology and discuss exactly how she ended up listed that way in a photo of the school's National Honor Society.

"I am disappointed they didn't catch the error," Jones said. "I just felt like all my achievements, everything I have been working so hard for, went down the drain, basically."

District spokeswoman Candace Ahlfinger said Monday that administrators have asked the publisher to reprint the affected page, its companion page in a two-page layout, and those two pages' back pages.

"We will never be able to minimize this damage, but this will change it so that it is not a constant reminder, so it won't be a forever," Ahlfinger told the Waxahachie Daily Light.

Students will be asked to bring in their yearbooks so the old pages can be torn out and the new ones glued in, Ahlfinger said. The district expects to have the reprinted pages by Wednesday. The last day of school is Thursday.

Shadoyia will get beyond this mess, and I'm sure will do well, but this kind mess is inexcusable.

Just damn.

(More coverage from Outside the Beltway & others)

Posted by: mhking at 07:08 PM | Comments (10) | Add Comment
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1 I don't get people sometimes.

Posted by: Joel (No Pundit Intended) at May 24, 2005 05:36 AM (OtvG8)

2 Waxahachie?

Posted by: Samantha at May 24, 2005 06:21 AM (Ihkjb)

3 Boggles the mind. How far was it to the secretary's office where they could find a list of all granduating seniors? How did they ever manage to make it to the yearbook staff? And where were the adults who were supervising?

Posted by: Rachel Ann at May 24, 2005 12:01 PM (jZHsa)

4 Here comes a lawsuit. For once i agree with Michael. "just Damn" nothing else describes it.

Posted by: Nick Saunders at May 24, 2005 01:14 PM (vnSex)

5 It is likely that they just put "black girl" in the yearbook as a placeholder, intending to fill in the name later and just forgot it. If it had been "tall girl" would anybody have assumed it was intended as a slam against tall people? Absent any other indication of racist intent, I'd go with the notion that it was a stupid error. Personally I always us XXXXXX as a placeholder because it stands out more. The irony of course is that this young lady is getting much more attention for her academic achievement than she would have gotten if the yearbook staff had been a little more diligent. So there is a silver lining.

Posted by: Brainster at May 25, 2005 06:23 AM (iw717)

6 I don't see why they just didn't put "unknown" or "unidentified" ... I don't think it was malicious - just ignorant and indicative of the fact that there must be few black students at the school and that, even as a member of the National Honor Society, she is basically ignored and invisible.

Posted by: Qusan at May 25, 2005 11:43 AM (IKPXo)

7 Sad to say, but this is nothing new, I graduated from "hatch" in 2000. The bigger problem is that the administration believes that there is no problem. They truly believe that is was just a mistake. We all have t-shirts that say I know her name. There is no excuse for what happened.

Posted by: Mel at May 25, 2005 04:03 PM (nqbuF)

8 Lets be real i know that this raceholder not placeholder was not a mistake. The board of Wax is too busy trying to cover it up instead of finding out who did this so that she can apologize to miss jones, the school, the community and most inporatant GOD. If this wasn't a board members daughter this would be happening. Lets Pray that God will heal our nation.

Posted by: santified sister at May 27, 2005 01:34 PM (mYf6F)

9 Inexcusable as usual. This is no different than seeing an imaginary gun. All those involved (which now includes those who would accept such a blatant lie as an excuse) should come out of their pockets, purchase a billboard with her picture, name (now that they cannot deny they know it) and “Honor Society” title, for no less than one month. June would be great. Press on sisters and brothers! Continue to reap coals of fire upon their heads! Stay righteous! Your excellence will be your justice!

Posted by: L Smith at May 31, 2005 11:53 AM (9EgRM)

10 Actually I think its pathetic that all of you people get on here and gossip about shit yall dont even know about... leave waxahachie alone, were not freakin prejudice

Posted by: Hachie HS student at June 16, 2005 08:07 PM (M7kiy)

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