Missouri School Yanks Gay Teens' Yearbook Quotes

It worried quotes about being in the closet could 'potentially offend another student'
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2017 7:44 AM CDT
Updated Aug 19, 2017 8:31 AM CDT
The yearbook quotes of Joey Slivinski and Thomas Swartz went missing.   (Human Rights Campaign Kansas City)

(Newser) – Joey Slivinski and Thomas Swartz are out and proud, and the high school seniors chose yearbook quotes to reflect that. So the students in Kearney, Mo., were less than thrilled when they opened up their new yearbooks to discover blank spaces under their names, reports KCTV5, instead of the quotes they'd submitted along with all their classmates. Slivinski wanted his quote to read, "Of course I dress well. I didn't spend all that time in the closet for nothing," while Swartz chose, "If Harry Potter taught us anything, it’s that no one should have to live in the closet."

District administrators have since issued a statement apologizing to the students for "our mistake," saying they'll "use it as a learning opportunity to improve in the future." They say they try to "protect" their students by erring "on the side of caution" with quotes that could "potentially offend another student or groups of students." Swartz and Slavinski, meanwhile, are planning to make stickers of their quotes that they can slap into their yearbooks and those of friends, per Fox News. "I'm comfortable in my own skin and with who I am," Slivinski says. "It felt like the district took that from me." (This high school senior was not censored for her sassy yearbook quote.)

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