Oops: School Let Hitler, ISIS Quotes Into Yearbook

Stalin also made the cut; cue the apology and the stickers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 26, 2016 11:50 AM CDT
Oops: School Let Hitler, ISIS Quotes Into Yearbook
In this 1938 file photo, Adolf Hitler stands in a room of the hotel Dreesen, near Bonn.   (AP Photo, File)

A Pennsylvania school district has apologized after quotes from Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and an Islamic State leader were printed in the graduating class section of this year's high school yearbook, reports the AP. "Though the content of the quotes was reviewed thoroughly, the attributions clearly were not," Quaker Valley School District officials said in a statement Wednesday, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Hitler quote is, "Words build bridges into unexplored regions." Stalin's is more menacing: "Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, so why would we let them have ideas?" The third quote is from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: "Be just: the unjust never prosper. Be valiant. Keep your word, even to your enemies."

The yearbooks cost at least $69, but can go for more than $100 if students have their names engraved, says district spokeswoman Angela Yingling. Students submit quotes from famous people for inclusion in the yearbook, but Yingling says, "publishing the quotes is a shared responsibility of the yearbook staff, sponsor, and administration." The district won't say if students or anyone else faces punishment. More than 360 of the yearbooks were distributed. "This is a regrettable mistake, as the school district would never knowingly condone this messaging in a school-sponsored publication," the district said in its statement. "We are well aware of the emotions this has conjured in many of our students and their families, and for that we are sorry." Students can get a refund on the books, or stickers to cover up the quotes. (More yearbook stories.)

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