Mom upset after deceased son's picture left out of yearbook

Jacob, 12, died of natural causes in January

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. - A Hamilton County mom said it felt like a punch in the gut when she found out her deceased son was left out of his school's yearbook.

The school year is all but wrapped up at Fall Creek Intermediate School, but 2014 has been really tough for Rebecca Planck.

Planck’s 12-year-old son Jacob collapsed on the school bus in January.

"He puked up a lot of blood and said his head hurt really bad, and then he slumped back and was unresponsive," Planck said.

It turned out some abnormal blood vessels in Jacob’s brain had ruptured and he died shortly after the incident.

Now, months later, his school’s year book is out, but Jacob’s picture is missing. There was not even a mention or memorial page for Jacob.

"He was a pretty special little boy and I feel like, how could you forget him? I mean I know he's one of like a thousand kids, but it's a big deal and I just want him to be remembered," Planck said.

On Thursday, the school district responded by issuing the following statement:

Jacob Planck’s passing in January was a great loss for the Fall Creek Intermediate School and community. Our hearts continue to go out to the family and those who knew him. The students, staff and parents have honored him in a number of ways. One of those is a memorial that will remain at the school in the library. Because class lists were submitted to the yearbook company in April, Jacob’s name and photo were inadvertently left out of the book. FCI is extremely sorry for the oversight. In no way does it diminish the special place that Jacob holds within the FCI family. A special tribute page is being created and distributed to all students to insert into their yearbooks.
 

Planck said she accepts the apology and hopes that her mission was accomplished.

"You have to learn from these mistakes that hurt one family, so you don't repeat them," Planck said.

Planck said she recognizes the school has done numerous things to remember her son since his death.

School officials said they are creating a special tribute page for Jacob that students can insert into their yearbooks.

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