In classrooms and hallways, we heard many students questioning whether or not senior citations will be in the yearbook this year. To put it bluntly: no.
As most of the editors and directory staff are seniors, we understand the frustration and disappointment firsthand and can assure you that this was not an easy decision to make. As a publication, our first priority is to cover as much of the student body as possible and get their stories told. While it is undeniably important to maintain and respect the First Amendment right to freedom of expression for the students represented in the book as well as for the student journalists who compose it, the exception to this right concerns obscene content, defamatory. or defamatory, an unwarranted invasion of privacy, a violation of federal or state laws, or incitement to crime in the school environment.
In previous years, the process of filtering each senior quote submission has proven to be tedious and time consuming, and countless ambiguous messages have had to be deleted due to their double meaning and the harm they could cause to others. students. We like to believe that we are diligent in our work; however, we only have 46 minutes of class together per day, and if any of these quotes fall through the cracks despite our best efforts, it would very quickly become a legal issue, and the integrity of our book and of our publication as a whole would be called into question. Quite simply, we have reached the point where too many older people have decided to slip quotes into the directory that are not suitable for printing.
Last spring, The Chicago Tribune reported that Oak Park River Forest High School printed their book with a photo that had an ambiguous hand gesture that later became derogatory and racial, and the school had to pay $ 53,000 to reprint the yearbooks. This is what we want to avoid. More and more schools have become concerned about the responsibilities of the content printed in the book and believe that removing senior citations will allow yearbook staff to focus on higher quality stories. This year Libertyville High School also announced the removal of senior citations, as noted in The Daily Herald.
Our intention is not to censor the senior class, but to focus our energies and efforts on creating a book focused on celebrating MV’s student body and our shared memories in order to come out with the best possible product. It was an incredibly difficult decision to make, but after seeking advice from the administration as well as our advisor, we support our decision.
However, the lack of citations doesn’t mean the senior class will be left with nothing. Instead of quotes, we’re going to do a senior poll. There will be three different questions for you to answer and your answer will be placed under the photo of your mug where a quote would normally go. Please complete this survey before December 13 to record your response.