Teenager Labelled 'Freak' In 900 High School Yearbooks

16/05/2013 13:45 | Updated 22 May 2015

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A mother has called for 900 school yearbooks to be destroyed – after her son was labelled a freak in a photo caption.

Dylan Worthen, 16, was horrified when he opened his high school to find the words under a photo of him with his school's marching band: "Worthen-Freak."

He told his local news station: "At first I thought everyone was joking around with me, because only a coupleof people came up to me.

"And then when I actually saw it this past weekend I was just like, 'Wow, I can't believe they would actually let this not be found whenever they did the proof read'."

The freshman's name was changed in just one of three appearances he makes in the book for South Paulding High School in Douglasville, Georgia. School officials say there was a faculty adviser who reviewed the pages before printing and do not know who's responsible for the alteration.

His mum, Susan Powell, said: "He's my son who I think the world of, and he is no way any kind of freak. "He has the biggest heart of any 16-year-old child I know."

Dylan's school has since apologised and has proposed issuing a sticker to all yearbooks to be placed over the caption.

But Dylan's mother believes that all 900 yearbooks should be confiscated and destroyed. She then wants them reprinted correctly.

'My son has to go to school and face all these kids that has saw this in the yearbook and I don't know what that's going to be like for him," she said.

Dylan says he plans to ignore what happened and move forward.

"I'm just going to act like it never happened. If anyone says something to me, I'm going to ignore it," he said.


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