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8th grader suspended for yearbook vandalism

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By: Brittany Paris
bparis@klkntv.com

When Irving Middle School's yearbook came out last Friday, one student's picture stood out, and not for good reasons.

Now, LPS and the school's principal are apologizing.

"A partial repair to this damage of our fellow student is to be able to face him and apologize for this thoughtless act," Hugh McDermott, Irving Middle School Principal, said.

The 8th graders picked up their yearbooks last Friday. The 6th and 7th graders got theirs on Monday.

They noticed someone had placed an acronym for inappropriate language next to a 7th grade boy's head.

"I did not see those letters when I proofed it and for that I feel bad about," McDermott said. "I take responsibility for that."

McDermott sent and email to parents explaining the incident and asking for any information.

He said several students came into his office, offering who they thought was responsible. The boy is an 8th grader on the yearbook committee. School officials said he was in charge of the 7th grade section.

That student was suspended for one day and referred to student services. 

LPS is asking all Irving students to stand up against the vandalism and mark out the letters, unifying the school that has been nationally recognized for its anti-bullying program, Target Bullying Intervention.

LPS Superintendent, Dr. Steve Joel, hopes the school can take something positive away from the situation.

"This is a teachable moment for all the students at Irving school," Joel said. "The student body has really responded to the way we would want them to respond to this."

We reached out to the victim's family but they didn't want to speak on camera.

The school said there is no history of bullying between the two students. 

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