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Yearbook Yanked for Senior's 'Build That Wall' Quote

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By Bill Hoffmann   |   Friday, 12 May 2017 01:08 PM

A North Carolina high school has confiscated every copy of its 2017 yearbook citing "inappropriate" material submitted by seniors, including President Donald Trump's controversial pledge to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

"Earlier this week, it was discovered by school administration that Richmond Early College yearbooks had errors and inappropriate comments. The principal immediately collected the distributed yearbooks," the Richmond County school system said on its Facebook page.

"We regret that this incident has occurred and are currently working with the yearbook's publisher to make corrections."

The school did not cite specific examples, but numerous students said it pertained to a female student's Trump reference.

In this year's yearbook, seniors were allowed to share quotes under their pictures, but one that stuck out was '"Build that wall – Donald Trump," written by brunette student wearing a string of pearls.

Some called it racist and hurtful to minorities, while others defended the student's right to free speech.

"These graduating students are of age to sign contracts, join the military, get married, get jobs, move out of their parents' houses; in short, they are adults, yet they are denied free speech," commented Karen Murphy on the school's Facebook page.

Another, Jeanne Holt Andersen, said: "What is wrong with this school district?? It is ridiculous that you took these yearbooks away from the seniors because of that quote. It someone didn't like the quote, there are a lot of sharpie markers at Staples or OfficeMax that can wipe it out."

But commenter Michael Singletary countered: "If it offends me that this school systems is opposed to building a wall to help keep out illegal immigrants. People who come the right way are awesome, no matter where they come from. People who decide to break out laws and reside in the US under radar are called criminals."

The student who submitted the controversial quote will not be disciplined, officials said. Newsmax Media is withholding the identity of the student to protect her privacy.

Students who pre-ordered the yearbooks are being refunded and the handful of yearbooks already distributed have been recalled, school district spokeswoman Ashley-Michelle Thublin told The News & Observer.

Thublin added that since there is not enough time to reprint the offending yearbooks before the semester ends on May 18, students will have to go without one this year.

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A North Carolina high school has confiscated every copy of its 2017 yearbook citing "inappropriate" material submitted by seniors, including President Donald Trump's controversial pledge to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.
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