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Hoosic Valley yearbook mistakes
SCHAGHTICOKE -- Printed for the school to see. Shock for students and parents in the Hoosic Valley district when they saw names of track team members weren't theirs, but instead, names given as space holders. Some of them are less than flattering.
Many of them are angry that these names weren't caught before the yearbook went to press. It's a mistake the district is trying to take back but for some, it's going to be hard to turn the page.
"It was not intended to be in the book so it was an error," Karen Houston, school board president, said. "The yearbook staff is devastated."
But instead there are six kids whose attention is now the focus of the Hoosic Valley High School yearbook. Two named "Someone," "Some Tall Guy," "Isolation Kid," "Creepy Smile Kid," and "Cassandra Someone."
"Cassandra has a name. She is a very big person in our life and she's very proud of her accomplishments in track and I think it's disgusting," a relative said. She wishes not to be photographed for the protection of her family and her cousin, says this is labeling -- not a mistake.
"I would offer my apologies for an honest mistake and make every effort to amend it and give them a new yearbook," said Houston.
"As far as I'm concerned, every kid who paid for a yearbook should be refunded," Cassandra's cousin said. "The school should need to re-print and distribute new yearbooks. The school should feel it where it hurts."
The school superintendent met with parents today and may refund them for these particular students.
"We'll take books back," Houston said. "We'll put a sticker over -- if we have to, we'll create a new book."
They cost students about $100, and there are about ninety soon to graduate.
"We don't want them to remember this and we'll make every effort to put this in the past very quickly," Houston said.
"Maybe if people get upset about this massive waste of money something can change," Cassandra's cousin said. "Something needs to change. It's not okay for kids to feel like that."
There is a staff adviser who oversees the yearbook, as well as an editor and a committee. The book was only released this week -- only now the errors were supposedly discovered.
That adviser is a teacher at the school and earns more money for their yearbook responsibilities in addition to their salary. The superintendent spent the day talking to that adviser, while Cassandra's relative is calling for her job.