The Langley School District is trying to make it right, after a special needs class was all but excluded from a middle school yearbook.
“I am beyond angry, upset and hurt that they just disregard these children as even, I know even know what to say, I’m just mad.”
The video of Langley mother Debra Benning flipping through H.D. Stafford’s 2015-16 yearbook has garnered nearly 90-thousand views on Facebook.
Every other division includes professional school portraits in front of a generic blue background with the student’s name listed on the side.
But the yearbook only featured candid shots of her son’s special needs class under the title “We Play” with no names.
School District spokesperson Ken Hoff says they are now trying to right a wrong.
“We can insert a page into the yearbook and also we are hoping to have a reprint made for the Division 22 class that includes their school portrait.”
Langley mother outraged over how her son’s class photo was handled in school yearbook
A Langley mother is outraged after her autistic child was all but excluded from his school’s 2015-16 yearbook.
In a video posted to Facebook that has been viewed more than 20,000 times, Debra Benning flips through the H.D. Stafford Middle school yearbook.
It shows students divided by division with professionally taken school portraits.
But when it comes to her son’s Division 22 special needs class, the children are shown in candid shots without their names visible, and under the title “We Play.”
“They don’t even recognize them as Division 22. Look at the picture of Riley that made the yearbook when I had beautiful school pictures like this, and that is what they do? I am beyond angry, upset and hurt.”
Langley School District spokesperson Ken Hoff says a mistake was made, and the district apologizes.
“It really seems that the layout could have been just the same as the other classrooms. It is not reflective of the community and the goals around inclusion that they do have at H.D. Stafford but it is an unfortunate mistake.”
In a Facebook post the school responded saying an apology has been offered and “as a school, we strongly believe in the power of inclusion for ALL of our students.”