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Hoosic Valley High School's yearbook shocks students, parents


SCHAGHTICOKE, NY-- Many students look forward to their high school yearbook, but for some students at Hoosic Valley High School it was a different experience when they saw they weren't being labeled with their real names.

In the 2013 yearbook, students on a sports team were labeled with monikers such as "some tall guy," "creepy smile kid," "isolation kid," and "someone" instead of their actual names. 

For some students on a separate sports team, the line where their names should have been read "whole bottom row is a mystery."

Many parents were less than pleased when they saw the yearbook for themselves.

"I was appalled. I couldn't believe it got through. Those poor kids, you know, to open up a yearbook and to find how they were labeled," said Patty Hough, who has children that graduated from Hoosic Valley.

Karen Houston, president of the school board, said the incorrect names were an unintentional mistake and that it will be fixed.

"This was put in as a place holder.  It is towards the end of the book and somehow was not reviewed and got into distribution for publishing," she said.

Some parents and students thought the mistake was bullying, but Houston said that's not so. She said stickers will be put over the monikers to cover the mistake on 70 books that have yet to be handed out.  The students impacted by the error will be given a corrected copy.

"If the child wants a new book; if the parent wants a new book; they'll print a new book," Houston said.

The yearbook staff consists of around 20 students and a school staff member as the yearbook advisor.

"There are a lot of yearbook editors, and there are a lot of people that reviewed it. I don't know how everybody missed it," said Dean Anderson, a senior at Hoosic Valley High School.

Another senior, Robert Horowitz, said he and some of his classmates were very upset by the distasteful names. He said it's "sad" that those students might be remembered as "isolation kid" or "creepy smile kid."

"If it was me I would be upset. I would be totally going against the school because it's my senior year and I don't want to be remembered as this or this," Horowitz said.

Houston said no one involved with the yearbook will be disciplined at this time.

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