Students at Sabino High School in Tucson were shocked to discover that their yearbooks had been duct taped over in an attempt to censor certain quotes. Ten students’ quotes were deemed “unacceptable” by the school district and covered with black duct tape in all 1,300 copies of the book.
Students were outraged and unable to peel back the tape without destroying the books. It’s unclear what exactly was covered up by the school, according to Arizona Daily Independent, Superintendent H.T. Sanchez would not define what was unacceptable. School district board member Mark Stegeman told the Independent:
“If the high school intended to censor the students’ quotations in the yearbook, then they should have done that before they sent it to the printer. As it is, the students got less than what they paid for, and they got it very late and missed the opportunity for inscriptions that is a big part of what makes the yearbook meaningful.”
Here are a few of the unacceptable quotes that were able to be uncensored:
• “Every Mexican needs a white best friend!”
• “I’m drunk on you and high on summertime. I love Nikki.”
• “‘Come getcha’ some!’ — Turtle Man”