NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) – A high school student was shocked when she found out about a secret, hidden message in her New Port Richey high school yearbook. Anna Boglino’s Genesis Preparatory School yearbook had one phrase that really stood out.
Those words, over the standout student-athlete’s photo, have her father outraged.
A student yearbook staffer slipped in the words “kill me” over a picture of Anna shooting a basketball. The words are among other so-called “Easter eggs” or hidden images and phrases that appeared in the yearbook. The other hidden components include a cartoon, a dog and a phrase next to a male student.
News of the doctored image came last May on the night before the last day of school. “I was shocked,” Anna told News Channel 8.
“I don’t like it. I mean I obviously wasn’t expecting it. I don’t know why he did it,” she said.
She is referring to a former student yearbook staffer.
8 On Your Side visited the Genesis Prep campus. Principal John Fairbanks said that student picked up litter around the school over part of the summer – as punishment. “There’s nothing that’s more mortifying as an administrator of a school that sees something like that,” Fairbanks said.
The school is “fixing” the problem by printing an entire new page. The insert will come in the form of a sticker for students to put inside their yearbooks.
“The same yearbook quality of a sticker and that, what it is, it goes over and so it sounds like it’s one of those things where its you’re gonna pass over without really even seeing it,” Fairbanks said. .
Anna’s father likes that idea, including getting the word out. He’s convinced his daughter will have a yearbook to be proud of. “Oh that’s nice. Oh, that’s very helpful. It’s a step in the right direction,” Thom Boglino said. “When she comes across that page, she will not be ashamed because I did everything I could to fix it.”
His daughter agrees. “I think that’s a good solution,” Anna said.