All of the yearbooks that had been distributed at the Richmond Early College High School near Rockingham have been taken back by the school after some senior quotes were deemed controversial, the school system says.
Graduating students at the 10-year-old school, which has 259 students, were allowed to share a quote under their picture in the yearbook. After the book was published, officials in the school and district administration found several of the quotes inappropriate, including one credited to President Donald Trump, Richmond County school district spokeswoman Ashley-Michelle Thublin said.
The Trump quote, which said “Build that wall,” has been criticized on social media by some students and others who called it racist and hurtful to classmates, some of whom are minorities. After RECHS announced on its Facebook page that it had discovered the comments, many people voiced their opinions both for and against the decision to cancel the book.
Only 22 yearbooks had been pre-ordered, and only a handful had been distributed before the quotes were discovered by Principal Tonya Waddell, Thublin said. Those books were taken back the same morning, and the rest were not distributed, she said.