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Dylan Worthen, Georgia High School Freshman, Called 'Freak' In Yearbook

05/15/2013 11:55 am ET

We’ve heard of cyberbullying and physical bullying, but yearbook bullying is a new low.

Dylan Worthen, a 16-year-old freshman at Georgia’s South Paulding High School, is justifiably upset after being publicly insulted in his high school’s yearbook. In the caption under his photo with the school band, Worthen’s name is followed by a hyphen and the word “freak.”

The yearbook club has a faculty advisor who proofs the pages, and it is unclear how the mistake made it to press, reports My Fox Atlanta.

“I can’t believe they would ever let this not be found when they did the proofread,” Worthen told USA Today.

His mother, Susan Powell, told USA Today she believes the incident is a cruel act of bullying.

“My son has to go to school and face all these kids that saw this in the yearbook, and I don’t know what that’s going to be like for him,” Powell said to My Fox Atlanta.

Unfortunately, now that the matter is on the Internet, Worthen may be subjected to even more bullying.

I thought Georgia Boys were supposed to be tough!” wrote commenter Fish Haid in a Florida Sportsman thread about the incident.

School officials have since apologized to Worthen and his family, according to USA Today. A South Paulding High School representatives did not immediately respond to The Huffington Post's request for comment.

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