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9 students from Pickering high school allege yearbook messages were tampered with

Last Updated Oct 16, 2020 at 5:12 pm EDT

Joshua Telemaque's aunt posted this photo of the offensive yearbook page with a call to fight for her nephew after his tribute to his grandmother was replaced with racist messaging. FACEBOOK/Mayma Raphael

A disturbing story out of Pickering has now taken on a wider dimension.

A widely reported racist comment published in a high school yearbook appears to not be an isolated incident.

Nine more students from St. Mary Catholic Secondary school have come forward to say their yearbook messages were also tampered with.

Spokesperson Dave Selby with Durham Police says the students are from various grades and cultural backgrounds.

“One of them had racial overtones, the other 8 didn’t, but they also weren’t necessarily nice,” Selby told 680 NEWS.

“They were commenting on one student’s body type and another student’s marks,” he added.

Investigators continue to interview staff and students at the Pickering high school to determine who is responsible.

“We’re going to determine where the evidence leads us and make decisions from there.”

Officials from the school said after the first incident came to light over the weekend, the yearbooks would be recalled and replaced.

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