Texas students have been asked to return their yearbooks at Mesquite High School after officials decided they needed to be pulled following parental complaints about derogatory descriptions regarding special-needs children.
According to a report by KDFW-TV some of the descriptions of the special-need’s children read that they were “mentally retarded.”
“Some of the disabilities the students in the Special Education Program have are being blind, deaf or non-verbal,” school spokeswoman Laura Jobe told the station, describing the offending language.
Parents and other students began to complain right after the yearbooks had been distributed and called the description of the special-needs children “appalling and disgraceful.”
Officials blamed an error in judgement by the editing team that oversaw the making of the yearbook.
“There was an oversight in the editing approval process,” Jobe told the Dallas Morning News. “Those who work inside the special-education department know these requirements.” She also added that the school “earnestly regrets” the mistake.
Those students who do return their books will have them re-edited without the offensive language and should have them re-issued sometime next week.
Texas school principal Linda Marshall plans to call each parent of the special-needs children to make a personal apology for the incident.