Parents outraged with ‘burn’ book at Hancock Middle School

As the end of the school year wraps up, yearbooks, class photos, and graduations are common memorable events and items students keep and remember forever.

But as students bring their yearbooks home from Hancock Middle School, some parents are outraged.

A ‘burn book’ is how parents are referring to the middle school yearbook.

There are question and answer scenarios inside the book asking students ‘which friend would you not invite to spring break?’ and ‘they like me, but I don’t like them back,’ with students’ pictures attached.

Some parents have taken their frustrations and concerns to Facebook, saying there is a serious problem and the yearbook proves there’s a bullying issue at Hancock Middle School.

Parent Charla Cuevas said, “I, for one, have gone to the school tens of hundreds of times in the last three years that my daughter has been here and have asked to speak to the principal, have asked to speak to a counselor. I have told them this is what’s going on and we need to stop this and it’s either no one’s available, ‘we’ll look into it,’ ‘we’ll pull that student aside and talk to them,’ but nothing ever changes.”

The school district had this to say:

“We are aware of the unfortunate fact that the Hancock Middle School 2020-2021 Yearbook contains sensitive and inappropriate comments from some of our students. The yearbook is student led, student published and has, in the past, been an award-winning yearbook.   The yearbook is, however, sponsor and administrator supervised; this yearbook should not have included the sensitive and inappropriate comments. Hancock Middle School has already taken measures to ensure that this never happens again.”

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