WILSON, N.C. (WTVD) --A Wilson County family says their son was bullied by a post in his yearbook, and they want to know why.
"I didn't even know what to think," said Tyler Miller.
Angry and saddened by what is printed in his yearbook, Tyler, who is a freshman, started the year at James Hunt High School in Wilson.
"I figured it would be a new start," said Tyler.
However, Tyler says he quickly became the target of some bullies. His mom, Stephanie, says despite talking to administrators it got worse.
"His self-esteem and image just flattened," said Stephanie. "He couldn't take it anymore."
After Christmas, Stephanie pulled Tyler out of the school and homeschooled him for the rest of the year.
She says Tyler's picture was still in the yearbook and he was excited to get it until he spotted his name.
While his picture is in with all the other freshman, between the students pictures, in the middle of the pages, the freshman class answer different question. One of those questions was "If you could change one thing about school what would it be?" Five students answers were printed that state: new sports uniforms, food, the amount of people, haters, and then Tyler's name. His name is among the things they would change about school. It's next to one of the boys he says bullied him.
"How could it get through administrators," said Tyler. "They got to look through it to make sure everything looks right, and no misspellings, but it still got through somehow."
Tyler's mom doesn't think it was a mistake.
"I don't see how it could have slipped through being they took his picture completely out of alphabetical order and put him in the spot where that comment about himself is directly up under it," said Stephanie.
As for the school, a representative said it's an unfortunate mistake and they regret this error. She said during the layout process Tyler's name was accidently left in the text box and that's not the answer that was given.
As for how Tyler's name was also out of alphabetical order and his picture was placed above the comment, she said that was also a mistake. She says they're reaching out to Tyler's mother to see what can be done.
As for Tyler, while he's hurt, and doesn't want the yearbook that he paid $80 for, he hopes people realize the consequences for their actions
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