A Queens couple claims their daughter’s memories of elementary school have been marred by a “horrible” yearbook photo, and are demanding the school recall all 200 books and replace the picture.
Michelle Maihepat, of South Ozone Park, said her 11-year-old daughter, Asheana, is so embarrassed by the “bad picture” that she has been crying and hiding her face in shame from her sixth-grade classmates at PS 121 since the yearbooks were distributed Monday.
“For the rest of her life, she’s going to have to be ashamed of that horrible picture,” Maihepat said.
“Twenty years down the line, she’s going to look at this book with her friends, and her friends are going to say, ‘What happened to you there?’
The family says anything less than a total recall is not good enough, reasoning that the yearbook is Asheana’s legacy among all her classmates at PS 121.
“Who knows, one day she might be famous or have a lot of money and someone could blackmail her with that picture,” Maihepat said.
Asheana, who stayed home from school yesterday, said, “I never expected to see that picture in the yearbook. My friends feel sorry for me.”
Nice work, NY Post. Publish an article about the traumatic effects of an 11 year old’s unflattering yearbook photo…and put said picture on the front page. That should really make her feel better. I didn’t go to journalism school, but if I’ve often wondered if they have special classes in how to expose ugly children to widespread ridicule. You know, the sort of shit that might haunt them for life or provoke a shooting spree (which would make for another excellent front cover, especially if there’s nothing else going on).