N-Word Printed On The Cover Of Middle School Yearbooks In California
The N-word was printed on the cover of 1,000 yearbooks at a middle school in California.
In a report from CNN, the racial slur appeared on a historical map of San Diego County that was chosen by book editors and staff at Black Mountain Middle School. However, it was eighth-grade students receiving the yearbooks who first noticed the word’s inclusion on the cover and notified officials.
“In using a historical map from the 1800’s of northern San Diego County, our staff and yearbook editors inadvertently used a background image for the cover of this year’s yearbook containing a highly offensive racial term,” principal Charan Kirpalani wrote in a letter to parents. “This was a reference to an area of San Diego County on Palomar Mountain which was once known as the home of a freed slave, and referred to with a very derogatory label.”
Staff then went through approximately 1,000 yearbooks and scratched off the N-word from the cover so that the students would still get their yearbooks in time. Whether it was unintentional or not, parents voiced their displeasure with the mess up, with some hoping that the school would reprint the yearbooks. However, that will not be the case.
“No, the yearbooks are not being reprinted. The cost to reprint the books with Jostens would have been $36,000 and the students would not have been able to get their yearbooks in time by the end of the year,” the district said in a statement. “We realized how important it was to our students to get their yearbooks ASAP, so removing the word from the cover was the best solution…The school will be reviewing procedures when it comes to editing the yearbook.”