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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

School Yearbook Scandal

High school yearbooks are a great way to preserve memories forever. Years from now former students will be able to pull out their yearbooks to share those memories with friends and their family. Not everyone will want to do so now. A few schools have recently been reported in the news after yearbook advisors failed to notice or remove inflammatory quotes. 

The 16-year old yearbook editor at River City High School is in hot water for including a dedicated page focusing on the cheerleading squad. The page is titled “Who Wears Short Skirts” and it is accompanied with two photographs. The main photograph is showing the squad with their skirts raised, while the other is a cropped shot of just the girl’s legs. The cheerleading squad is described as being “dolled up in gloried underwear.”  The cheerleaders and their parents are quite upset with this depiction of the squad.

"I was really mad. I was just shaking…I called my mom, and I was crying" Breannah Gully, a cheerleader at River City High School told ABC.

River City High School is not the only school in trouble for yearbook quotes. Other school yearbook editors decided to include the "5 worst people of all time" and senior quote allegedly by Adolf Hitler.  Please read “High school yearbook snafus anger parents” to learn more.

How are the schools reacting to the yearbook scandals? Superintendent Randall Williams of Russellville Middle School told the media that he “asked the printing company to cover the list with pieces of tape.” Other school officials have told angry parents that the language used in the yearbooks are “not libelous, nor does it harm the school’s mission to education students, so it’s protected by the First Amendment.

-Samantha Bradbeer
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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