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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