Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Palmer yearbook page made public

Posted by on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 2:44 PM

You may have heard by now about the controversy at Palmer High School.

Here's what happened: Students were working on a "relationships" page for the yearbook that featured a lesbian couple. That page was pulled at the order of a teacher.

The teacher claims she pulled the page because it showed too great a public display of affection on school grounds, in a violation of district policy. Some of the kids, however, claim that the teacher made discriminatory comments about the lesbian couple and pulled the page because of their sexual orientation. Some of the kids dropped out of yearbook class, and others were ejected due to the controversy. Some went to the media.

At a press conference at School District 11 headquarters today, not all of the issues were settled, but spokesperson Devra Ashby was able to produce the original yearbook page, after it was recovered by computer specialists. Ashby noted that the page did show PDA, especially in the form of a heterosexual couple kissing lip-to-lip. The page was deleted Feb. 24.

Ashby noted that an investigation into the incident was ongoing, and that she could not comment further. Below are the deleted pages.

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