BOISE, ID– “When I hear the word Twinkie I think of?”
It was a well-meaning question for an Idaho middle school’s yearbook that invited a lot of harsh responses from teens and tweens.
Like one who responded: “I think of fat kids, wait is that going in the yearbook, oh no no no, I think of the minions from despicable me!”
And surprisingly, this and other responses made it into the yearbook.
Now, parents like Lee Howard are upset.
“It’s always still okay to still make fun of the fat person especially the fat chick,’ Howard said. “It hurts. It hurts just as much.”
Her daughter was also angered and thinks the school is being hypocritical.
‘They always advertise anti bullying, and how bullying is so wrong, but then they put this in the yearbook,’ the teen said.
So, how did this hurtful talk end up printed?
The school district says the adult who usually looks the yearbook over was absent during important parts of the editing process. Now, they’re trying to prevent this from happening again.
“That shouldn’t have appeared in the yearbook,’ a representative from the school district said.
‘The content is not appropriate it’s sending a message that it’s ok to make fun of children for anything there physical appearance or their demeanor. The kind of things you’re really trying to prevent.’