"It is not truth that matters, but victory," read the quotation (a version of which has been attributed to the Nazi party leader), published on an unnamed student's personal page, in the Kelso High School yearbook.
Michele Larsen of the Washington state school district tells Yahoo Lifestyle via a statement, “Creating the yearbook is a large project worked on by many people. Regrettably, a quote from an inappropriate source was missed. The district in no way supports or condones the actions of Adolf Hitler. After realizing the error, the quote was redacted from remaining books before handing them out…”
Larsen shared a note from a school official emailed to parents on Wednesday morning.
“On behalf of myself and the yearbook staff, I would like to sincerely apologize for the insensitive and inappropriate senior quotes we let slip past our eyes,” said the official. “There was no malicious or purposeful intent behind putting it in our book and we did not catch our mistake until after books were handed out. We will review our editing procedures and implement a new plan to ensure this will not happen in the future.”
Larsen told The Daily News that the yearbook quote was the “only one we’ve had complaints about.”
The district was not available to answer specific questions about when the page was caught in the editing process or any disciplinary procedures for the senior student.
And Larsen reported another big mistake: the word “school” was misspelled on a page that opened the yearbook. “Creating the yearbook is a large project worked on by many people,” she told The Daily News. “In the proofing process the misspelling of the word school on the first page wasn’t caught.”
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