A Muslim high school student who was mistakenly identified in her Southern California yearbook as “Isis Phillips” says she’s hurt not only by the error, but by her classmates who blasted her for denouncing it.
Bayan Zehlif, a 17-year-old high school senior, said at a news conference with Muslim community advocates on Monday that she found it “coincidental” that she was mistaken for a girl whose name is widely associated with a terror group.
“Seeing the yearbook really hurt, but seeing my classmates go against me like that hurt even more,” she told reporters at the offices of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Anaheim, Calif.
Mat Holton, Chaffey Joint Union High School District superintendent, said in a statement that Zehlif was misidentified as another student with the first name of Isis.
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