Arizona high school yearbook draws attention over questionable content
PHOENIX — A high school southeast of Phoenix has scrambled to recall its yearbook, which included over a dozen quotes deemed inappropriate and offensive.
The principal at Poston Butte High School in San Tan Valley apologized Wednesday to parents in a post on Facebook and in email.
Quotes that slipped past editors included, “If you have never thought about dropping out and becoming a stripper once, you’re lying.”
There were over a dozen risque comments in the book.
The Florence Unified School District said in a statement the yearbook sponsor had been relieved of duties. The district’s letter also said in the future better measures would be put in place to prevent a repeat.
San Tan Valley News reported the unidentified yearbook supervisor apologized:
Words cannot express how deeply sorry I am about my negligence regarding the 2017 yearbook and portraying Poston Butte in a negative light. I accept full responsibility for the content of the yearbook. I thank Mr. Tannenbaum and district officials for assisting me in reaching out to the student body, parents, and community. Again, I am truly sorry for my poor judgment, lack of professionalism, and negative impact on the school.”
Over 450 yearbooks had already been purchased for $75 apiece. They were distributed May 12.
— Poston Butte HS (@PBhighschool) May 12, 2017