SPRAYBERRY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS APOLOGIZE FOR RACIST NEWSPAPER COLUMN: Sprayberry High School is in the news because of an offensive “April Fool’s joke” that appeared in the school’s newspaper about why President Obama shouldn’t be re-elected. The issue was cover-dated April 25, 2012.
The “Top Twenty Reasons Why Obama Should Not Get Re-elected” list included statements like, “He’s black; He’s half white; He’s a Nazi; He’s a Zionist; His dog is ugly; He’s responsible for childhood obesity.”
Dillon told 11Alive’s Paul Crawley that after the large number of complaints from parents and students, the students involved in creating the list videotaped an apology that ran on the school’s morning announcements on Thursday. Dillon went on to say that the school would post a formal apology on the school’s website.
The list also includes he shouldn’t be reelected because he is “a Socialist” and a member of the “Black Panther Party.” All I can do is shake my head. Um, who is the school employee responsible for overseeing the newspaper? Are the kids allowed to independently publish whatever they want? Surely this person should have known it was offensive. The school posted this message:
Recently, the Sprayberry newspaper The Stinger published an article trying to humorously comment on the President. In regards to the Obama article, we would like to say that the article was meant as a piece of satire. The article was published in our April Fool’s section, The Zinger, of the newspaper and was meant to be a comedic take on the media’s comments on the President. Satire is the use of humor, irony or exaggeration to poke fun at certain parts of society. We realize that this did not come off as we intended, and we sincerely apologize for offending anyone.
UPDATE#1 (04/29/12): A reader sent me a tweet saying that a student has been suspended for the list and won’t be allowed to walk for graduation. I am trying to confirm that and whether or not a teacher has been fired as well. Stay tuned for updates.