A high school in North Carolina has recalled its yearbooks after officials saw that some of the senior quotes could be considered controversial. The principal of the high school immediately collected the yearbooks, including those that had already been distributed to students.
As reported by Fox News, one of the senior quotes in question read “Build that wall” and was attributed to President Donald Trump.
Ashley-Michelle Thublin, a school district spokeswoman, said that several senior quotes were considered inappropriate by the administration while specifically referencing the “Build that wall” comment as an example. Thublin declined to list other examples.
As reported by the Richmond County Daily Journal, an image of the controversial quote made its way on to Facebook on Tuesday, posted by user Artney Ellerbe. The post was captioned, “So Richmond county school system allowed this to be printed in their 2017 year book,” continuing, “I already know this city was racist. Get a court date you’ll find out. This doesn’t surprise me at all.”
The Richmond County School District posted a statement on Facebook on Thursday which read, “Earlier this week, it was discovered by school administration that Richmond Early College yearbooks had errors and inappropriate comments.” It continued, “The principal immediately collected the distributed yearbooks. We regret that this incident has occurred and are currently working with the yearbook’s publisher to make corrections.”
The post went on to say, “As a district, we do not and will not tolerate inappropriate conduct toward any of out students,” continuing, “In each situation, out goals it to provide for the well-being of all of our students and prevent recurrences of inappropriate conduct.”
Charity Davis, a parent of a student at Richmond Early College High School, spoke with the Richmond County Daily Journal, saying, “I feel that young lady only stood up for her freedom of speech by using the quote of her choice.” She went on to say, “Every senior was given the opportunity to choose a quote. It was her right as an American to choose any quote under the sun.”
Thublin stated that none of the students are subject to any disciplinary action.
Students from the high school are receiving refunds for their yearbook purchase as there is not enough time to have the books reprinted and distributed to the students before the last day of the school year on May 18.