Richmond Early College High School near Rockingham, N.C. has taken back all if its yearbooks after administrators said some of the quotes made by students were controversial, including one that referenced a well-known Donald Trump campaign slogan.
The school allowed its graduating class members to each share a quote underneath their personal picture in the yearbook. According to district spokeswoman Ashley-Michille Thiblin, it wasn’t until the book was published and distributed that school administrators took a closer look at what some of the seniors had chosen to write.
One student repeated a famous Trump quote, “Build that wall.” The quote was discovered by students who then voiced their opinions on social media. They claimed the statement was racist and hurtful to minorities.
When RECHS administrators were notified, they decided to resolve the issue by canceling the remaining yearbooks that had not yet been distributed. They also took the ones that had been distributed back from students who had purchased them.
The school said none of the students were punished for their quotes, and that the administration just felt they were “inappropriate.”
“As a district, we do not and will not tolerate inappropriate conduct toward any of our students,” the school district said in a statement. “In each situation, our goal is to provide for the well-being of all of our students and prevent recurrences of inappropriate conduct.”
Adding insult to injury, the school said they will not have time to reprint the yearbooks, which cost between $30 and $39, before the end of the school year. The school is reimbursing students who had already paid for them.
Students from the school and residents in the area have mixed feelings about the school’s decision. While some complained about the quotes, other residents in Rockingham, like Justin Gardner, felt the school made the wrong decision.
“What a joke,” he wrote on Facebook. “Explain to me what was racist ? A wall?”
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