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Redhead picture dispute


Daily News Staff Writer

After the yearbook for Schoenbar Middle School was distributed the last week of school, some are dismayed that a picture highlighting students with red hair was omitted.

The photo was taken as a fun way to document the unusual number of children — between 10 and 15 — with red hair that attend the middle school, said Principal Casey Robinson.

Other pictures were taken to document the other unique groups at the school, such as the uncommon number of twins. There are six sets, five in seventh grade and one in eighth grade.

According to Robin Harford, English teacher and yearbook adviser, one of the students in the redheads picture had strong feelings about it being included in the yearbook.

"If he hadn’t been so emotional about it, I maybe would have gone ahead with it," she said. "But he was very upset and I had to take his feelings into account."

Harford said she took the issue to the students in the yearbook class to let them make the decision.

"They all agreed that, if it wasn’t unanimous, they wouldn’t do it," she said. "So we took it out."

While a few members of the community and school faculty are disappointed about the exclusion of the photo, Harford said what the class decided was the right thing.

"Seventh and eighth grades can be such hard years," she said. "You can’t make everybody happy, but the kids are happy and that’s what matters."