Muslim student speaks out about yearbook misnaming her 'Isis'

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
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A Rancho Cucamonga student, mistakenly named as "Isis" in her high school yearbook, broke her silence on Monday.

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. -- A Rancho Cucamonga student, mistakenly named "Isis" in her high school yearbook, broke her silence on Monday.

Bayan Zehlif is a junior at Los Osos High School, but according to the yearbook that just went out to about 300 students, her name is "Isis Phillips."

Zehlif spoke out from the headquarters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which is a group who wants a full investigation done.

"For something like that to happen to me, and the name ISIS to be used for me -- knowing what it means for Muslims -- it really hurt," she said.

In a statement, CAIR said, "No student should have to face the humiliation of being associated with a group as reprehensible as ISIS."

But could it just have been an accident? The school district said there was a student at Rancho Cucamonga High School named Isis Phillips, but she transferred earlier this year.

School officials also confirmed Zehlif was not the only person on two pages to have the wrong name under their picture.

"We are, at this point, involved in an investigation on how this could occur," said one spokesperson.

Some students said they think the mistake was being blown out of proportion.

"The yearbook is kind of notoriously known for, you know, mixing up names, making mistakes," said Ethan Espinoza, a student at the school.

But it's an issue that Zehlif takes seriously.

"...I don't want it for my selfish needs. I want to stand up for everybody in my race and religion, anybody from not my religion who has to go through discrimination," Zehlif said.

The school district said it is reprinting all the yearbooks with the correction. As for the ones already distributed, students said the school has informed them if the yearbooks are not returned, those students cannot walk on graduation.