Student Will Retake Yearbook Portrait after First With Headscarf Denied

Jonathan Kari, a high school student in Orange County, California, has made an appointment to take his second senior portrait after the yearbook staff at Dana Hills High School decided not to publish his first photo.

In the original photo, taken last year, Kari wore a keffiyeh head scarf commonly worn in the Middle East to make a point about stereotyping, he told the Orange County Register.

“It was to make people realize that stereotyping and racism are still present,” he told the newspaper. “Our teachers make us think it’s gone, but it’s not.”

When the editor-in-chief of the school's yearbook, Sara Madani, saw the photo, she held a vote of her staff and decided not to publish it with the support of school administrators. Madani met with Kari and told him that some could find the photo offensive, according to the Register.

Kari and his father sent complaints to the yearbook's advisor, the school's principal, and district officials, but agreed to retake the photo after the story made international headlines earlier this month, feeling that their points had been made.

Kari will not be charged for retaking the photo. He did not respond to a request for comment from NBC News.

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