School leaders apologize for student’s ‘offensive’ quote in yearbook

The cover of Millbrook High School’s yearbook.
The cover of Millbrook High School’s yearbook.

Millbrook High School administrators are apologizing for what they say is an “inappropriate and offensive” quote by a student in the school’s yearbook.

A senior at the Raleigh school selected this phrase to appear under his photo: “I like my women how I like my milk: white, rich and 2% fat.”

The quote went unnoticed by the yearbook review process, Millbrook principal Dana King said in a statement Thursday afternoon. Yearbooks were distributed to Millbrook students last week.

“We work to provide an inviting and inclusive environment for all students and this quote does not reflect the values of our school or the student body,” King said. “We will review our editorial process to add additional safeguards to keep this kind of incident from happening again.”

A Wake County school system policy says reporters and editors are responsible for content in student publications. Faculty sponsors of the publications or school principals can forbid inappropriate material or content that does not meet journalistic standards.

It’s unclear if the student was disciplined. Federal student privacy law prohibits the disclosure of disciplinary information, Wake schools spokeswoman Lisa Luten said.

A principal can also prevent distribution of any student-sponsored publication that connects the school with “any position other than neutrality on matters of political controversy.”

Yearbooks distributed at the Richmond Early College High School near Rockingham were taken back by administrators earlier this month after some senior quotes were deemed controversial, the school system said.

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.

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