School district censored the gay students’ yearbook

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Two gay seniors at a school in Missouri have had their quotes pulled from the yearbook as the school district was afraid of ‘offences’ they might cause. Joey Slivinski and Thomas Swartz were told that their quotes, which referenced coming out, could not be included in the yearbook as they may “offend another student or groups of students”. Giving a quote to the yearbook is a tradition that exists in their school for years. Slivinski’s read: “Of course I dress well, I didn’t spend all that time in the closet for nothing.” “If Harry Potter taught us anything, it’s that no one deserves to live in the closet,” Swartz’s read. And the young men were shocked to find out that these quotes were excluded from the yearbook. They complained to the school district about it. Administrators said in a statement: “In an effort to protect our students, quotes that could potentially offend another student or groups of students are not published. Doing so in this case had the unintentional consequence of offending the very students the practice was designed to protect. We sincerely apologize to those students”.

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