Second Student Accuses Lincoln High School of Yearbook Discrimination

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A second student is speaking up against what she calls "gender expression discrimination" against Lincoln High School in Stockton.

We first brought you the story of a student who took her photo in a tuxedo on Friday, her senior portrait ended up getting cut from the high school's yearbook Mari Champagne experienced what she calls the same discrimination.

"It’s not fair in any way, shape or form,” Mari Champagne, a Lincoln High School senior said.

"It’s like I didn’t even exist in Lincoln,” Crystal Cumplido, another student told FOX40 on Friday.

Two different young women, same high school and similar stories.

"Kind of surprised and I was disappointed in Lincoln for doing that and I was more upset when I found out why they did it,” Champagne said.

Champagne is the second student to claim that Lincoln High School cut her senior portrait out of their yearbook because she wasn't wearing the black drape young women are supposed to wear, per school policy.

"I knew there was a chance that I wouldn’t be in the yearbook but I didn’t know for exactly what reasons and how I could fix it,” she said.

Champagne said she transferred to Lincoln from Lodi High School earlier this year.

While she's in Lodi's yearbook she was surprised that her picture was cut out from Lincoln's. "I tried my best to like you know look good in both of them, or what I was comfortable in,” she said.

The day our story aired with Cumplido, Champagne's mother, Susan Kirkgaard, said she got a call from Tom Uslan, the Lincoln Unified School district's superintendent who told her that he wanted to make things right.

“This is a learning opportunity to address all the discrimination that these kids feel,” Kirkgaard told FOX40.

He offered to reprint all yearbooks a gesture he also made clear to us.

"I sincerely apologize to anyone who has been adversely affected by this,” Tom Uslan told us on Friday.

The school district is hoping to repair the damage for two young women who say they were just being true to their identities.

“That really disappointed me,” Champagne said of the incident.

Champagne said she's hoping that she and anyone who wants a reprint gets one.

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