1The middle school students who were dressed as Nazis in their yearbook
The middle school, located in the unironically named Germantown School District in Tennessee, apologized for the photo saying it "does not condone the placement of photos of this nature in any school publication and apologizes to anyone who was offended by the insensitive image."
The students were taking part in a history lesson called "The Nazis in Power: Discrimination, Obedience, and Opportunism," in which they were asked to reflect on discrimination in modern times and draw conclusions about unjust laws in Nazi Germany by role-playing. (Source 1 | Source 2)
2The Confederate flag that caused controversy in a high school yearbook ad
Leaders also thought Cody Morgan's page with the Confederate flag over the American flag was desecration. Cathy Morgan, Cody's mother, designed the ad and said she meant no harm. “I wasn't trying to do anything with the flag to dishonor anybody doing that. It was just about my son. That's all it was, stuff he loves."
Morgan sat down with administrators and agreed to remove the flag from the ad. In turn, she was allowed to use the images of her son posing with guns. (Source)
3The yearbook that included quotes by Stalin and Hitler
While the quotes were vetted before publication, the attributions obviously were not, and it's unclear as to how they got there with no one catching them before publication. Upon discovering the error, the school district offered refunds to students who wanted to return the yearbooks, and stickers to cover up the quotes for those who wanted to keep them. (Source)
4The yearbooks that were confiscated for a student's Trump quote
Richmond Early College High School recalled the books because of this, and some other, senior quotes which were considered controversial. While some applaud the decision, others have defended the student. "I feel that young lady only stood up for her freedom of speech by using the quote of her choice," Charity Davis, a mother of a freshman at the school. "Every senior was given the opportunity to choose a quote. It was her right as an American to choose any quote under the sun."
None of the students have been disciplined, but it's too late for a reprint of the yearbook, so they are being refunded. (Source)
5A text that banned Bible quotes from a senior yearbook and caused upset among parents and students
The news sparked outrage on social media, namely from students wishing to use Bible verses, who felt their right to free speech was “violated.” Greenville County School Director of Communications, Beth Brotherton, backed off from the text nearly immediately after the outcry, calling it a“misunderstanding.”
When the yearbooks were released in the spring, Bible verses and politically-inclined posts were indeed allowed as senior quotes. (Source)
6The high school senior's yearbook quote about sounding white that went viral
“Anything is possible when you sound Caucasian on the phone.”
Naturally, it went viral. Over 140,000 Twitter users have liked her post, which another 60,000 have retweeted it.
Tomlinson said she chose the quote to entertain her peers—and because she thinks it's true."I thought it was funny, but when it came time to find a job or handle business, I caught myself using this so-called 'white' voice," she said.
Tomlinson thinks others will be able to relate to the quote. “It's something that, growing up African-American, you are thinking of, and it is something that has relevance in today's world. It's a comical truth.” (Source | Photo)
7The politician whose school yearbook mention came back to haunt him 32 years later
His high school yearbook says so, but it's only a joke.
America, a Jesuit Review magazine, interviewed former classmates of Gorsuch's who said the club didn't exist, despite its mention. "The mention of it in the yearbook was a tongue-in-cheek attempt to poke fun at liberal peers who teased him about his fierce conservatism,” reported the magazine.
Gorsuch's yearbook also listed him as “President of the Yard, Student Government” and "President of the Committee to Reform The Beast” as well as a “Lousy Spanish Student.”
Joke in high school at your own peril—you never know where it will end up! (Source | Photo)
8The Colorado school that raised the ire of parents with its yearbook marketing
Parents cried foul, saying students should not be singled out for not buying a yearbook, and felt kids were being picked on for how much money their families made.
The school district said they never intended to hurt anyone or single anyone out—they just wanted to remind kids to get a yearbook. Nevertheless, the posters have been removed. (Source)
9The celebrities who made cameos in a Stockton, California yearbook
The fun idea belongs to junior Hannah Hightman, who feels it fits perfectly with the yearbook's theme “Out of the Blue.” The idea extends beyond shock value, however—Hightman's goal is to raise money for the school's cash-strapped journalism program. She even convinced a well-known advertising company to get on board and got the rights to the celebrity images. Needless to say, parents, kids, and administrators are delighted to share in the fun. (Source)