High School Removes Gay Students’ Yearbook Quotes! Ridiculous!

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Gay students Joey Slivinski and Thomas Swartz from a Missouri high school were surprised when they opened their yearbooks to find no quotes under their photos.

Why? Their quotes both had a “gay theme.”   Both boys are from the very small town of Kearney, Missouri and being openly gay is clearly not accepted.

The school said they had to censor the quotes because people would be offended.  The sad part is the quotes were very innocent and playful and of course the students are now very upset.  The school replied with this response:

“In an effort to protect our students, quotes that could potentially offend another student or groups of students are not published. It is the school’s practice to err on the side of caution. 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.”

Joey Slivinski and Thomas Swartz  are openly gay and were just trying to have fun with their tongue in cheek quotes.

Slivinski’s quote had quipped, “Of course I dress well. I didn’t spend all that time in the closet for nothing.” As for Swartz, he wrote, “If Harry Potter taught us anything, it’s that no one should have to live in the closet.”   Their solution to this ridiculous censorship?   They’re creating stickers printed with their quips to place inside their yearbooks and those of their friends.  Well played boys, well played!

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