A Massachusetts mother is outraged after messages supporting her son’s alleged murderer found their way into the local high school directory.
Heidi Kimborowicz launched a petition and demonstrated in front of the town hall of Dracut in order to have the directories of the Dracut high school reprinted.
Kimborowicz’s son Adrian, 20, was shot dead near Lowell in September last year, NBC Boston reported. He died in October and his former Dracut high school classmate Christian Lemay, 18, was charged with assault with a weapon with intent to kill in the murder.
Two students wrote in their yearbook captions: “Free mello”, using Lemay’s nickname.
“I couldn’t even believe it was allowed,” Kimborowicz said. “How did you let that happen?”
Kimborowicz posted screenshots of an email she says Dracut High School principal Richard Manley sent to her to apologize. He said the directory advisor was “not aware of any reference the post referred to.”
“Quotes submitted by students are carefully reviewed by editors and advisers, but this reference was not known at the time of the review and unfortunately has not been removed from the book,” Manley wrote.
“‘Free anyone’ should have raised a flag,” Kimborowicz replied.
Kimborowicz also received an apology email from Dracut Public School Principal Steven Stone, who said stickers would be mailed to students who had received yearbooks so they could “apply the overlays so they can” that the language can be permanently removed from individual books “.
The books, he said, “were personalized between classmates and are the property of the people who purchased them.”
“IT’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH !!!!” Kimborowicz wrote on Facebook, adding that she was offended that the superintendent chose to contact her by email and not by phone.
Messages for Manley and Stone went unanswered on Friday.
Kimborowicz’s petition to reprint the directory had more than 2,000 signatures as of Friday afternoon.
This story first appeared on NBCNews.com.