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post #1 of 19
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This story has caused quite a stir in this area:

http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=70558
post #2 of 19
Was this printed in a HS yearbook? I guess I'm kind of blonde because that's what I got out of it....
post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by mybabyphx View Post
Was this printed in a HS yearbook? I guess I'm kind of blonde because that's what I got out of it....
You're not blonde at all. Those pictures were printed in the final version of the high school yearbook.
post #4 of 19
If I were a parent I'd be livid at this- hardly the type of thing you would share with a childs grand-parents
post #5 of 19
Ok, so now that I have figured this out. And I'm not a blonde-LOL... here's what I think:

I really don't care if people drink, do drugs, smoke, take pills- whatever- I don't care. I've done it and alot of people on here have done it as well. That's not the issue here though. The issue is why the H*LL would you put pictures of that in the YEARBOOK that EVERYONE sees?!?!? My grandparents looked at mine, and my parents and the whole community. Just because you smoke pot or whatever doesn't mean you have to tell everyone!!! UGH! That's annoying! Whatever you do in your own home is your own business.... but it should remain at that. It should not be spread around the community for everyone to know. What's wrong with these people?
post #6 of 19
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A lot of the students are saying it's no big deal, it's something that's just a part of life. That's fine, but a yearbook is FOREVER. I mean, going through my mother's stuff (she passed away 7 years ago), we found her yearbooks. I know I've hung on to mine too.

What these kids aren't thinking of is when they are looking back 10, 15, 20 years later. Is that what they want to think about and see? Is that what they want to show their kids - "hey, look I got MIP'ed (Minor In Possession), so I really would be a hypocrite to try to tell you not to drink."

I can see why the students would think that's cool or funny to put in the yearbook, though. What I want to know is why the Faculty Advisor didn't set them straight and remove it!
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by valanhb View Post
A lot of the students are saying it's no big deal, it's something that's just a part of life. That's fine, but a yearbook is FOREVER. I mean, going through my mother's stuff (she passed away 7 years ago), we found her yearbooks. I know I've hung on to mine too.

What these kids aren't thinking of is when they are looking back 10, 15, 20 years later. Is that what they want to think about and see? Is that what they want to show their kids - "hey, look I got MIP'ed (Minor In Possession), so I really would be a hypocrite to try to tell you not to drink."

I can see why the students would think that's cool or funny to put in the yearbook, though. What I want to know is why the Faculty Advisor didn't set them straight and remove it!
I can remember being on the Yearbook staff and our advisior went through EVERYTHING with a fine tooth comb.

These kids are going to regret this one day...
post #8 of 19
Yeah that's what I don't understand.. why would the school pass that? That's BS!!!! My HS would have never let us put pics in like that!! I'm sure they are having a HUGE lawsuit!

I do understand how is funny to the students, me being 21- I completely understand- "ha ha we got put in the year book smoking weed" But I don't think I would would everyone and their mamma knowing it!!!! It's ridiculous!
post #9 of 19
Good god I got in trouble for signing it with that old rhyme that starts "Sex, drugs, rock'n'roll..." and I had never even done any of those things!

For starters, time and time again they've upheld that freedom of speech does not apply to school publications. People get into all kinds of trouble over this kind of stuff and I won't be suprised to hear of them getting into juvie over it.

Publishing it like that was stupid, and agreeing to have your picture doing something illegal was even stupider. And those aren't the fun times in high school you'll remember.
post #10 of 19
I can not believe an adult was STUPID enough to think this was ok.
post #11 of 19
Why did the editor ALLOW it??? Was she in the pictures too or high at the time?
I remember in our high school the final say of the yearbook came from a teacher (Approving Editor). As a student I personally would have been PO'd for being associated with drugs and alcohol because someone else thought it was "cool".

It brings new meaning to the word high school.
post #12 of 19
Having that in the yearbook sends the message that the school is condoning such behavior. I predict that the next "yearbook" that this bunch will appear in will be the mugshot book, down at the local cop shop.
post #13 of 19
I was appalled when I read in it in the paper yesterday. Kids will do stupid things like this, but the advisor had the responsibility to lead these children to a more accountable decision. High school students do not have the free speech rights in school like adults do. They need to be guided to decide on something that is a well-thought out action. The fairness to the other students obviously wasn't considered. The potential reaction of their parents and others were irresponsibly ignored.

Self-censorship is important because while the government should not impose restrictions on speech, one will still suffer the consequences of others disapproving that speech. I'm tired of hearing about some stupid college student who posted pictures bragging about his/her drinking and drug use, then comes crying when employers found these in a PUBLIC domain and decided that these are not appropriate behaviors for one of their employees.
post #14 of 19
Hopefully they all get in trouble, including the editor for allowing this.... Keep us updated if you find out anything new
post #15 of 19
I can't believe that the yearbook staff and the school let that get put thru. There has to be a teacher advisor that should be responsible for the final outcome. even if drugs and alcohol are a part of HS life, it shouldn't be represented in the yearbook. Yearbooks are for achievements, not things like that.
post #16 of 19
I agree with all of you although if it were mine back "in the day" I would have thought it was funny.
post #17 of 19
I am rarely lost for words but...
post #18 of 19
I worked on our yearbook back in high school, and wow, I can't believe the editors and school administrators let that stuff get past them! We got in trouble for pasting in a picture of a girl wearing a tanktop (my high school had a rule against female students wearing tanktops; I actually challenged that rule in my last year or so of school, saying if guys could wear them, so could girls -- I got in trouble for it, but eventually won the argument. Sexist jerks). I can't even imagine how much crap we would've got in for pictures with drugs or alcohol use!

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I agree with all of you although if it were mine back "in the day" I would have thought it was funny.
Yeah, me too. But sometimes I have the sense of humour of a six-year-old boy.
post #19 of 19
How the did those pictures ever get approved to go in that year book. Students can't even wear a T-Shirt that says something about beer!!!! I am appalled with that school!!!!!
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