EL PASO, Texas– Veronica Diaz, mother to an Eastwood High School senior, said she was devastated to learn that her first graduating child's portrait photo was not included in the school's 2022 yearbook.
Diaz told ABC-7 that she paid $100 on pre-order for her daughter, Celesté Diaz. But Veronica Diaz would later discover that her daughter, along with half the senior class, was listed as "not photographed".
She said the school has 530 students in the senior class, 269 didn't have a portrait.
She said hundreds of students from other grade levels were also not listed as "not photographed".
Diaz said the seniors are in charge of getting their photographs taken by a third-party photography company but she said parents were not notified of deadlines, or given photo reminders.
Diaz said she has reached out to the school about the issue and was able to get a refund. But said the district has yet to respond to her.
“If my kid messed up and she didn’t get her picture, fine, I’d go to her and scold her for not getting it done, but this is 269 kids, there are 530 seniors who are graduating, how do you justify half of the senior class missing?” said Diaz.
ABC-7 reached out to Ysleta ISD for comment, and a spokesperson for the district released the following statement:
“Each year our high schools partner with pre-approved photo studios to take senior photos. Students are reminded through different channels several times throughout the year to schedule their appointment with the vendor prior to the publishing deadline.”