Yearbook labels 14-year-old with nasty insult

- For kids the school yearbook is a reminder of all the good memories throughout the year. But what if your yearbook labeled you with a nasty insult? 

It was the last day of school, back in mid-June when 14-year-old Erick Staley newly graduated from 8th grade got his first look at the Baldi Middle School yearbook his parents had purchased for him.

"I just stared at it and I didn't know what to think of it," he told FOX 29. 

There it was in the section where kids explain how their class wouldn't have been the same..."If Erick wasn't so vicious."

"Why are they labeling my child as 'vicious?'  He's 70-some pound and a 14-year-old boy. What part of that is vicious?" his mom said.

Linda Staley complained to the principal, Mr. Hostetler, who wrote back, offering "sincerest apologies," explaining that this was a student-designed yearbook and admitting that "the school must do a better job of vetting yearbook posts."

"That's not the right forum to tell me that my child's bad It's uncalled for," Linda said.

After a fair amount of arguing over what to do about the offensive description, the school sent the Staleys a second copy of the yearbook, along with strips of paper with a more complimentary descriptions of Erick.

"I assume to take these little stickers and go to our neighbors and friends and put the on their yearbooks?" Linda said. 'To cover 'vicious' with 'if Erick wasn't so caring and funny.'"

For the record, a handful of other Baldi students were also called out for criticism, described, variously, as "mean," money-hungry," "childish" and "a loudmouth."

"It's bullying," Linda said.

A spokesperson told FOX 29 Thursday a new yearbook is on its way to the family.

 

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