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Yearbook Editor Accused of Taking Revenge Against Romantic Rivals

October 9, 1992

GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) _ Greenwood High School administrators have recalled 500 yearbooks after discovering that one of its editors last year allegedly defaced photos of some of her rivals.

Heidi Gerdts was accused of blacking out the teeth on one girl’s photo, penciling in underarm hair on the prom picture of another and adding an obscenity to the caption under a third girl’s photo.

The defacing apparently occurred during the summer, after the pages had been proofread and just before they were sent to the publisher, Superintendent Robert K. Brenton said.

″It all has to do with boyfriends,″ said Ann McBride, one of the girls whose pictures were defaced. ″Heidi has a big problem when guys go out with other girls after they’ve gone out with her.″

Ms. Gerdts is now a freshman at Indiana University. Efforts to reach her by telephone at her dormitory room on Thursday were unsuccessful. Her father, Carl B. Gerdts Jr., referred calls to school officials.

Michael J. Kias, an attorney for the family of Amanda Cottingham, another of the girls, said Gerdts and his wife have sent letters of apology to the girls’ families.

The yearbooks were distributed Sept. 23. Letters asking students to turn in the yearbooks in exchange for reprinted copies went out Wednesday.

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