“I hardly knew her at all,” said Mastain, who graduated from Hickman last week. “I barely worked with her. We weren’t friends. But I didn’t think I had any problems with her.”
The student also faced unspecified school punishment, Hickman Principal Tracey Conrad told the Columbia Daily Tribune.
Mastain, a student government leader who also worked on the school newspaper and its literary review, said she didn’t even notice her altered name on page 270 until a friend alerted her by text message once she arrived home after school.
She expressed shock that her younger schoolmate faces a possible felony but also supports the school’s no-nonsense position.
“At some point, when someone makes a mistake, there needs to be a consequence,” said Mastain, 18, who is headed in the fall to the University of Central Missouri. “I do think it’s appropriate. It’s bullying. The property damage is an enormous amount of money. It’s not to be taken lightly.”
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