Jon Kari has scheduled an appointment next week to get his senior portrait taken for the Dana Hills High School yearbook. He'll wear a white dress shirt with a leather string holding a wooden cross around his neck.
It's his second try.
A week ago, Kari, who is half Filipino, posed for the yearbook with a keffiyeh – a scarf often associated with the Middle East – wrapped around his head and neck. He said later his intention was to make a point about stereotyping.
That photograph sparked fierce debate among Dana Hills High students – and made national and international headlines – after yearbook student editor Sara Madani told Kari it was inappropriate for the yearbook. Backed by officials with the school and Capistrano Unified School District, she offered to let him retake the photo for free.