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Changes made to high school yearbooks spark recall

Posted: 5:21 PM, Sep 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-20 18:39:00-04

UPDATE: (Sept. 20, 2018) Today, Mickey Fabre, principal of Morgan City High School, released the following statement on a yearbook recall.

“After a concern with the yearbook was brought to my attention, school administration has been working diligently to ensure that the best interests of all involved have been considered and the appropriate measures are being taken to address the situation in a timely manner.”

Mia Bourgeois, who graduated from the school, posted a photo on social media this week of what she says was a quote by her name that she didn’t write. She says the quote in the yearbook should have just simply been a text emoji, but instead, it read “Nobody would guess anything because I’m a loser.”
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Morgan City High School posted on their Facebook page that yearbooks are being recalled because of a mistake.

Students are being asked to return the books by Friday. The corrections will be made on Monday, and yearbooks can be picked up again on Tuesday.

Mia Bourgeois, who graduated from the school, posted a photo of what she says was a quote by her name that she didn’t write. She says the quote in the yearbook should have just simply been a text emoji, but instead, it read “Nobody would guess anything because I’m a loser.”

Bourgeois says she returned home from her dorm at Nicholls State University to flip through the pages of her senior yearbook when she saw the quote.

“I kind of felt heartbroken because it was like, wow, somebody actually really hates me,” Mia said.

Mia’s parents are disappointed this was one of Mia’s last memories as a high school student.

“This was her senior yearbook. She spent four years in high school, and now, the biggest thing in her mind about high school is going to be this horrible quote put under her picture, and I mean, how is that? You can’t take that back,” lamented Stefani Warner Bourgeois, Mia’s mother.

Mia’s parents say they sat down with the principal and teacher of the yearbook committee Wednesday morning.

The school apologized for overlooking the quote, but the Bourgeouis’ still have concerns.

“What kind of baffles me is that it’s a yearbook; there are lots of quotes and everything else. And, I know its hard to go through it all, but if you see something like that, it should raise a red flag,” said Randy Bourgeois.

However, Mia says the overwhelming support she’s received from former classmates and even strangers has helped her get through this. She now hopes whoever did this will be held accountable.

“My first thought was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m so embarrassed. People are going to laugh at me.’ But, the amount of support I got erased any thoughts of me being embarrassed. I mean, it still is slightly embarrassing for this to happen, but it’s not nearly as embarrassing if people actually thought it was funny,” said Mia.

KATC reached out to St. Mary Parish Superintendent Lenny Armato, and he said to contact the principal on the matter. We reached out to the principal and the teacher, but since it was after hours, we did not get a response as of news time.

The high school posted the following on the school’s Facebook page: