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5/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
LETTER: Mother is very unhappy with high school yearbook personnel

I am writing this letter in addressing a serious issue that has been raised at our local Palo Verde High School.

My daughter is a senior and due to graduate on June 5 and had actively participated in the yearbook activities last year and part of this school year. She took the front and back cover photos and many others, and she also took her senior photo. She was not included as a graduating senior, nor was she given any credit for the photos that are included starting from the front cover and ending with the photo on the back cover.

I have made three visits to Palo Verde High School and the person who is supposed to in charge, the principal, has not been available. The yearbook teacher hasn't been available either. Vice-principal Ted Arneson made himself available to discuss this matter with me and said he would get back to me with an answer and also what can be done with the yearbook.

In speaking with him on Tuesday afternoon, he stated that he spoke with the yearbook teacher and he was sorry but it was a "mistake." How was it a mistake? My daughter actively participated, she took the pictures, took her senior photo, and it was a "mistake" not to include her?

I am not a school teacher, I don't sit in a classroom full of students though I do support the teachers when my kids are out of character and I support all kids 101 percent of the time when it comes to education. To my knowledge, a teacher or instructor is supposed to be the responsible adult, the educator, the one taking control of the students and their misconduct and not allowing these things to happen. Teachers or instructors should be educating, motivating, encouraging, counseling and guiding kids on a positive path. No teacher should be destroying students' lifetime memories or better yet allowing it. They have scarred these kids for life.

Because this is what happened to my daughter and they seem to think that with an apology and stating it was a "mistake" and everything is okay.

I receive teleparent messages from the school stating, "We are going to be having a no bullying meeting and we encourage and invite everyone to attend..." but it seems they are the first to allow it.

I have also brought this to the attention of Superintendent Bob Bilek and I still have not had a reply back from him.

I do want to thank all those parents and students who are supporting me and not allowing these negative actions to continue. I also want to thank all the business owners who have stopped and said encouraging words to me. And most of all I want to thank Signs Unlimited for making picture stickers for my daughter to include in as many yearbooks as she signs so she would be in the yearbook and also for making her banner. Thank you, Ron.

- Maribel Roggenstein Gutierrez, Blythe

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

Ms Marisol V. Why not write an open letter to these people letting then know that they have robbed you of any future memories that you could have shared with your kids, and how you feel. So it's out in the open then ask for an Apology.

Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Article comment by: Marisol Varela

I am a student at PVHS and will GRADUATE AT PVHS TOMORROW FROM PVHS AS WELL. I am not sure what all these negative commemts are about. I did my work and took my picture. It isnt fair. I know and understand that life isnt fair.

Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Article comment by: Marisol Varela


Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@ Peace please be still. That question that you posed to your daughter was not a fair one. Let me esplane. You asked her the question, them you tried to change her mind instead of accepting her answer. Of course she agreed with you she did not want to hurt your feeling. She loves you. So play fair. So are you going to summer school? If yes remember to stay off the swings. lol

Posted: Monday, June 3, 2013
Article comment by: Peace Be Still

I have to echo what Eye Am has raised here...my daughter is a professor and as such I shared this with her and asked her opinion and she did say yes I would be hurt if my child would be hurt, however I'd have to help her get through by helping her understand that a yearbook does not define who we are. Eye Am you pose a strong point that was also something my daughter pointed out. Pica... remember....play nice or get off the playground...LOL!!!!!

Posted: Monday, June 3, 2013
Article comment by: D Edge

The fact that the young woman took photographs and they were used in the year is to her credit - it is not to the credit of the school's yearbook group to not give her credit for the work she did and they used!

I am appalled by what adults are saying about a young woman here. Don't you think it is enough that young people deal with this kind of thing from their peers?

Posted: Sunday, June 2, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@Eye am. yes it will affect this child. How? It just go's to show that all of the hard work she did was for nothing. Did these people even notice her work? No, they did not. Why Not? So let's find out. After this do you think if it happened to you, would you give your 110 % to a bunch of ungrateful people? It creates mistrust of of others and institutions.

Posted: Saturday, June 1, 2013
Article comment by: Eye Am

trying again ....

If not being mentioned in the year book is 'Scaring a kid for life' These kids are in a world of hurt for when they make it to the Real world.

is that better admin?

Posted: Friday, May 31, 2013
Article comment by: same problem

bob bilek is the problem and thinks he can do anything he wants. The school board protects him but we have no choice! What a difficult situation, as a community we don't have a choice

Posted: Friday, May 31, 2013
Article comment by: Mr. Not a Know-it-All

@2007 Student. I had to re-read the letter to see if I missed where the mom said her daughter was not a PVHS student. Then it "clicked." Since you graduated in 2007 you must not realize that PVHS's graduation is on Wednesday this year, not on the traditional Friday as graduations past. I seen the graduation pullout from the Times and her name is listed under Not Pictured for PVHS graduates...

Posted: Friday, May 31, 2013
Article comment by: Sad Situation

Maybe I missed something-why do the posters here seem to think that this young girl doesn't belong in the yearbook-since she is graduating on June 5(2007 student-). Her mother stated she is a graduating senior and she particiated in school-so why the ugliness..I agree with the mom that it is sad for this girl that she is not in her yearbook-that is something you keep forever and share with your own children later on in life. My grandchildren love looking at their parents yearbook. I don't know what can be done now but please don't bash the young girl or the mom for caring.

Posted: Friday, May 31, 2013
Article comment by: none none

Sorry for your troubles but I do have one question. You stated multiple times that your daughter took her senior photo. I'm confused how a person takes a senior photo of themself?

Posted: Friday, May 31, 2013
Article comment by: Eye Am

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Posted: Friday, May 31, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

Mrs.Gutierrez. Just Sue them for Emotional Pain and Suffering,and anything that comes to mind. These people will just blow smoke in your eyes and tell you sweet things just to get you off their back. Only when it comes to losing money. That is the only time that they will take your matters seriously. Remember if it was you that did this, they would have dragged you through the mud to get their 2 cent's off your skin. Forgiveness doe's not come cheap. Give the hell. OK people so hate me. But what if it was your kid what would you do? Just Smile and look meekly down and not make eye contact.

Posted: Friday, May 31, 2013
Article comment by: Peace Be Still

This is a sensitive issue to any parent when their children are as this parent mentioned scarred. The apologies were presented and the mistake is being worked on to the best ability of those showing concern. It's wonderful that this young life had a chance to participate in the putting together of this year book. I personally have made plenty of mistakes in my life which have been irrivocable, but none the less...forgiveness was and has been my balm. One of the biggest mistakes I have made is allowing my children to witness how I have handled someone else's mistake, which was not purposely intended to hurt me. Having a negative response will only teach our children to act in the same fashion as they see us react. Please concerned parent show your child that you forgive and you press forward, that you accept what is being offered to you as good will, understanding that it is far too late to redo the whole project. think of the students that did not and will not graduate, that are still with us and those that are not. I believe that your young adult has many, many wonderful memories in her heart and that no one can erase. The bible challenges us to test the waters....what is it that one must learn from this particular mistake. Life goes forward and you must teach yourself and your children to forgive and to move forward. ''Focus"

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