A Wisconsin school district is all in a snit because a kid at their school hates blacks. It’s another case of a yearbook being “tainted” by racism. Some parents are virtue signaling, demanding that the offending yearbook be recalled and destroyed. The clever troll has not been named, probably because he’s a minor.
MENOMONIE — A Menomonie High School senior has been suspended indefinitely after a coded racist message appeared in the school yearbooks that were distributed Friday.
The coded message was not flagged during the editing process of the yearbook because it was disguised as a quote in a section of the yearbook called “Senior Notes, ” according to community member Melissa Smith-Tourville. The first letter of each word in the student’s quote spelled out “I hate blacks.” The student message said, “Ib has a tiny earning, but leaves a crisp kid satisfied.”
The message was discovered after the yearbooks were distributed, and administrators suspended the student. Principal David Munoz sent a letter to the school district community, which was circulated via social media.
“Menomonie High School is a diverse and inclusive school that does not condone racist comments, bullying, or any other forms of discrimination,” Munoz said in the letter.
Schools Superintendent Joe Zydowsky said the student called the coded message a prank.
“We think it is very inappropriate, and we do not condone it,” Zydowsky said. “We take it very seriously.”
Smith-Tourville said the yearbook needs to be reprinted.
Smith-Tourville, who has children in the school district and has had children of color attend Menomonie High School, said she believes all copies of the yearbook should be returned and destroyed.
“If the school district can’t afford to reprint it, I bet our community would come together to do a Go Fund Me (campaign) to reprint the yearbook,” she said. “This is outrageous. Our students should not have to have it permanently etched in their yearbooks.”
Smith-Tourville said school officials were correct to reprimand the student, but she is concerned about Munoz calling the incident a senior prank in his letter and glossing over the issue of racism.
“As a community we have a responsibility to speak out when our students are not feeling safe,” she said, noting children of color have to deal with racial discrimination in school. “There should have been a firm communication this is unacceptable hate speech and will not be tolerated at Menomonie High School.”
Smith-Tourville also was concerned about a student’s quote from Adolf Hitler in the yearbook stating: “The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.” She said it is important to look at how a marginalized person may react to having a quote like that in the yearbook.
A group of concerned community members were organizing on social media a demonstration to show support for students of color at Menomonie High School at 2:30 p.m. Monday. They plan to have people stand outside the high school with signs expressing support for students of color. They plan to stand on the public street so that buses and students leaving the parking lot can see the signs.
I wonder why schools don’t want to talk about this?