Ahhh, remember the days when schools taught you how to think instead of what to think? Where free speech and debate were encouraged instead of incubating children in safe spaces?
Schools as safe spaces. This epidemic first appeared on college and university campuses — the rise of multicultural and diversity offices. The rhetoric of micro-aggressions, trigger warnings, and safe spaces. Soft, fragile, snowflake undergrads. Let’s make sure we don’t hurt their feelings!
But now we’ve started to see the madness trickle down to the high school level. Take, for example, Rockingham, North Carolina.
Richmond Early College High School in Rockingham, North Carolina has decided to collect the previously-distributed yearbooks because of a few quotes. According to the Charlotte Observer:
All of the yearbooks that had been distributed at the Richmond Early College High School near Rockingham have been taken back by the school after some senior quotes were deemed controversial, the school system says.
Graduating students at the 10-year-old school, which has 259 students, were allowed to share a quote under their picture in the yearbook. After the book was published, officials in the school and district administration found several of the quotes inappropriate, including one credited to President Trump, said district spokeswoman Ashley-Michelle Thublin.
The Trump quote, which said “Build that wall,” has been slammed on social media by some students and others who called it racist and hurtful to classmates, some of whom are minorities.
So no one gets a yearbook? I guess not. And why? Because some students were offended by the quote “build that wall”. A quote declaring the student’s position in an ongoing debate on border security and immigration.
This student used his yearbook space to state that he agrees with the President of the United States of America.
Is it odd that someone put that quote underneath the photograph? Yes, I believe so.
But is it wrong to take a stand on a political issue? No.
There are two problems. The first is that no one can disagree, have a healthy debate, and voice their difference of opinion anymore.
If we do not agree with you, we will consider your words offensive and silence you.
By collecting the yearbooks, you’re throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
Secondly, why do high school seniors need a quote underneath their senior picture?
High school is self-indulgent enough. The quote under the senior pic is the cherry on top.