Anti-Semitic Insult Slips Past Cupertino High School's Yearbook Editors

"Joke went too far," says a mother of a student whose name was altered.

Some students at a Cupertino high school couldn’t believe what they saw when they opened their new yearbooks: a Jewish student’s name changed into an anti-Semitic insult.

Someone changed the last name of a Jewish student of Israeli descent in this year’s Monta Vista High School yearbook, replacing the last three letters of his name with the word “Jew.”

Marco Schwiebert is one of hundreds of Monta Vista High School students who were stunned to see their friend’s name more than just misspelled in this year’s yearbook.

"I think it was a joke, but it's definitely not a funny joke,” Schwiebert said.

Fremont Union High School District spokeswoman Sue Larson said they have tracked down the student who added the insult. "Most regrettably, [the slur] was not caught by our yearbook staff,” Larson said.

“That student has admitted that they were involved,” she said. “The local law enforcement agencies are working with the student and trying to sort out the consequences."

The family of the student whose name was changed didn’t want their name used, but the boy’s mother told NBC Bay Area they want to use this incident to teach others what is funny and what is hurtful.

“While this may have been a joke,” the mother said, “the joke went too far.”

The books will not be reprinted. School is out for the summer, and with 1,600 of the yearbooks already printed and handed out, the district says they are asking students to return to the school to pick up a label they can use to cover up the insult.

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