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Student IDs Self as ‘Most Likely to Bomb U.S.’ in Yearbook; School Punishes Faculty Member

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | May 16, 2018 | 10:50 AM EDT

Sonora Science Academy (Screenshot)

When students at an Arizona school were given the chance to self-identify themselves in the yearbook, one used the opportunity to label himself “Most Likely to Bomb the U.S.’

Students at Sonora Science Academy had been asked what they were “Voted Most Likely to” do and to name their “Favorite Memory.” One eighth grader, reportedly with “a Muslim first name,” wrote that he was “Most likely to bomb the U.S.”

After a parent saw the comment in the yearbook and complained to the school, Principal Deb Hofmeier issued an apology. In it, Hofmeier said an investigation has been launched, the faculty advisor overseeing the yearbook’s production had been punished, published yearbooks will be confiscated, a revised yearbook will be printed, and next year’s album will more strictly censor student comments.

“It was missed. There’s a faculty advisor in charge of the yearbook. They did not catch it,” explained Matthew Benson, a spokesman for the Sonoran Science Academy, ABC 15 Arizona reports:

“School officials said there was no vote. Students filled in the blanks themselves, hence the 8th grader himself wrote in the words ‘most likely to bomb the U.S.’”

The school says the student's comment was intended to be a joke. Other student-provided comments, subsequently deemed inappropriate by the school, will also be excised from this year's revised yearbook.


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