High school yearbooks recalled after students voted 'most likely to be cancelled': 'Surprised and disappointed'

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Reaching the end of high school is a big moment in every teen's life. 

So it's natural many can't wait to get their hands on the senior yearbook, as a memento for their friendships, achievements and other memories. 

But for students at one Californian school, the moment quickly went south after a few were targeted by peers who voted them 'most likely to cancelled' and 'most likely to get Covid twice'.

The awards were first noticed by Ventura High School parent Stephanie Tindall, whose daughter Morgan was among the eight students bestowed the cruel descriptions.

When Morgan, 17, first opened the book, she was confused to find she had been labelled 'most likely to be the best dancer' and 'most likely to be a movie star' - as neither quite fit. 

In a Facebook post detailing the find, Tindall shared how her daughter had thought it was 'very random' and posted about it to Snapchat, where she was told the label was a sticker covering up the real 'award'. 

"Somebody slid up and said those are stickers — pull off the stickers ... underneath the sticker as you can see she was voted along with others most likely to be CANCELLED and most likely to get Covid twice," Tindall wrote.

"So it seems as if the school, the school district or whomever ... knew it was WRONG and placed stickers over EVERYBODY'S yearbooks. Obviously Morgan was quite shocked, and upset!!" 

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Speaking to ABC7, Morgan said it was a disappointing way to finish up her senior year. 

"The cancelled one was, I've already been bullied for this type of thing, 'Oh you're going to get cancelled' so it wasn't really funny," she told the network. 

Fellow student Ace Ly said it capped off a particularly difficult year.

"COVID happened. Asian hate happened. Now I'm getting this. I'm just over everything, how it hurts my head. When I saw, I was surprised and disappointed," he said. 

After learning the stickers were removable, the school asked students to return the books and the school's principal Carlos V Cohen issued an apology.

"On behalf of the entire school, our yearbook staff, and our district, I am very sorry this has occurred. I especially want to apologise to the students and their families that were affected. You are all special, unique, and should be seen in the best possible light," ABC7 quote Cohen.

Tindall said she was proud of her daughter for being a 'voice to the voiceless'. 

"Bullying on any level is not OK ... and this gross negligent oversight of her high school is on a very public forum! I'm so proud of her for speaking the truth in love and standing up for those who are not able to stand up due to fear, shame or embarrassment," she said. 

"At a time when the mental health of students is suffering massively, the strength of this girl amazes me."