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8th Grade Student Suspended for Vandalizing Yearbook

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OMAHA (KPTM) - A principal at a Lincoln Public School said it will suspend an 8th grader for five days following an incident involving the school's annual yearbook.

The student is accused of writing a derogatory slang phrase near the photo of a 7th grade Irving student. The school said more than 500 books were published with the phrase, before school officials found it.

"This is a hurtful, regrettable incident and we recognize the seriousness of what has occurred," Superintendent Steve Joel said. "Irving has handled it professionally and effectively, and continues to work through what needs to be done. But we're here today because there are so many rumors and misinformation circulating right now."

School officials said the 7th grader whose photo was involved does not receive special education services and has no history of being bullied. They said the 8th grader identified was a student that worked on the yearbook. He has been suspended and referred to Student Services. He could face up to a year of suspension.

"We responded immediately when we discovered what had happened," Principal Hugh McDermott continued. "We have now spoken with both students and both families about the incident and we will continue to work through additional appropriate action."

The yearbook publishing company is sending photos of the student that can be placed on top of the phrase.


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