I imagine that they did abide by the rules of the editors…and the editors weren’t the ones that apparently had a problem with the quote…according to the post, it was the principal who initiated the quest for non-offensiveness. I filled this form out for my yearbook when I graduated. There certainly weren’t a list of rules stating what quotes were acceptable and which weren’t. No editor went back and discussed the content. Some student working yearbook class typed the quote as it was written onto their computer and that was that. It would be one thing if the editors had laid out ground rules of no quoting Hitler before they turned it in, but that obviously wasn’t a rule beforehand. This rule was only done retroactively.
Indeed … as a former yearbook nerd, most editors really don’t care what the students put in their quote. They generally get onto yearbook staff to ensure that the yearbook comes out cool and to be what the students want to see years down the road. There is a yearbook advisor who answers to the administration. For my senior year, we were not allowed to have quotes because the administration forbade it after "offensive" quotes were used the year prior.
Also, it should be noted that most yearbooks and student newspapers tend to be a somewhat combined effort in terms of resources and advisors. Student newspapers have long been embattled with the court system for the ability to print what it wants to under the 1st amendment. In this case, it seems there was no pre-defined restriction and everything was enacted after the fact.
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