High School Takes Back Yearbooks After Student Uses ‘racist, hurtful’ Trump Quote

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May 23, 2017

A high school in North Carolina is taking back its yearbooks after a student used a President Trump quote that others condemned as racist and hurtful.

According to the Charlotte Observer, one young woman had “‘Build that wall’ — Donald Trump” listed under her yearbook photo as her inspirational quote.

When the image was posted on social media, many people condemned it as damaging toward other classmates at Richmond Early College High School near Rockingham.

The school’s administration had only just begun distributing the yearbooks when they took them back and canceled their order for more.

The Trump quote, plus other quotes the administration felt were not appropriate, was the reason given for the cancellation. Examples of the other quotes were not given.

The school district made it clear that, “As a district, we do not and will not tolerate inappropriate conduct toward any of our students. In each situation, our goal is to provide for the well-being of all of our students and prevent recurrences of inappropriate conduct.”

The company that published the yearbooks is reprinting an updated version.

But not everyone is happy about the removal of the Trump quote.

Richmond Community College student Kayla Sierra Hicks remarked on Twitter: “if one doesn't know how to handle something that differs from their opinion other than complain about it while putting others down at the same time, you shouldn't be graduating high school or allowed to be in this world on your own. College is going to be a huge wake up call to some of these young adults graduating this year.”

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