Student Places 'F Word' in Yearbook as Prank

By: Alex Denis
By: Alex Denis

Students at Fort Walton Beach High School aren't lining up to buy yearbooks like years past.
That's because administrators were forced to delay sales.
Principal Charlene Couvillon says a senior prank is to blame.
"Our AP Stats teachers sent me an e-mail saying there's no way this could be a random act. I thought ‘what is she talking about’. She said look at the book. There, sure enough, was the inappropriate caption."
Sprawled across two pages, a combination of red letters spelled out the "F word".
Couvillon immediately halted yearbook sales and launched an investigation.
She says the senior yearbook editor admitted the prank was her idea.
"If someone had asked me to write a list of all the students who could possibly have done this, where would she be? She would be at the bottom of the bottom quartile. I was devastated," Couvillon says.
The girl's parents paid the yearbook company to print stickers with new captions, to cover the obscenity.
As part of her punishment, the student had to apply those stickers to the remaining yearbooks.
The yearbook staff is known for creating award-winning yearbooks. Administrators say despite the 4 letter slip up the yearbook is still outstanding."
"To have four little letters that take up less than an inch have such an impact is devastating to all of us. The book is phenomenal and the students have worked terribly hard on it," says Yearbook Advisor Susan Teare.
Despite the student’s efforts to fix the prank, Teare says the damage is already done.
"I've always told the students that this book is a history of the school and it will be on shelves forever."
Couvillon says the student will be able to walk in her class’s graduation ceremony, but is still facing more disciplinary action.


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  • by Jessica Location: F-Dub on Jul 26, 2009 at 09:14 PM
    they made such a big deal out of it... so unecessary... i think it was funny..
  • by Beard Location: Panama City Beach on Jun 19, 2009 at 03:13 AM
    Leave the student alone. If this was all we,as a society,had to worry about how fortunate we would be. I can think of a long list of things that have occurred in the past 2 years that would have been worhty of the f bomb as a response. It is a word nothing more. Let the student express herself freely. Free speech as long as you say what they want you to! Have a nice day!!!
  • by Kat Location: Virginia on Jun 18, 2009 at 10:27 AM
    LOL that is hilarious!!!! Go high schoolers!!! I agree, that is a great way of memories!!! LOLOLOLOLOLO
  • by mark Location: brakor on Jun 18, 2009 at 06:17 AM
    WOW much adu about nothing! Its a great prank! No one caught it! This is a very American attitude to take! Why would anyone think this takes away from a year book? Its just one more High School memory. The time that whatsherface snuck the F-bomb onto the front of the year book. Its hubub like this that sows the anti-egalitarian attitude of the American public. Free speech is all well and good until some one says something we don't like. The Bush years are over people!!! Calm down and focus on something productive!!
  • by Mike Location: Blountstown on Jun 17, 2009 at 03:29 PM
    Vulgar words are going too far? So instead of a curse word slipping out of your kids mouth, you would rather have them commit mass vandalism? I really hope you didn't reproduce.
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      by Lisa on May 20, 2012 at 08:41 PM in reply to Mike
      Oh, For Heavens sakes. Vulgar words is all you hear now. They're in all the movies, they're on T.V. They're in songs. This is their school year books, shouldn't they have a say for whats in them ? After all it's their memories, not yours.
  • by Tom Location: Panama City, FL on Jun 17, 2009 at 02:22 PM
    She sure got her 15 minutes of fame. This will be a prank to remember for her school mates. Years from now they will look back and laugh about it. Just to think, even the principle would never have thought it was her so she was obviously a good girl.
  • by Thomas Location: Mount Hope, WV on Jun 5, 2009 at 05:50 PM
    Our Senior prank in 1973 was to paint 73s all over local town and neighboring towns, some are still there today, but we regret doing it 36 years later. Vulgar words are going too far, but recent generations feel they have different standards, which unfortunately, they also will regret for years to come. Congrats to the graduates of FWBeach HS and good luck from West Virginia.
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