From an editorial Thursday in The Anson Record of Wadesboro:
Amid the usual assortment of celebrity catchphrases and insipid inspirational quotes, one student opted to take a political stand.
“Build that wall!” with attribution to President Donald Trump, was published as a female student’s senior quote in the Richmond Early College High School yearbook.
But advocating for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border was too controversial for Richmond County Schools, which confiscated copies of the book this week. Spokeswoman Ashley-Michelle Thublin said several senior quotes raised eyebrows. With only six days of school remaining, officials said there isn’t enough time to reprint the yearbooks. Refunds will be issued and students will have no yearbook at all.
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A statement posted to the district’s Facebook page suggests that either Hispanic students were offended by the border wall quote or administrators chose to take umbrage on their behalf. Some community members called the comment racist.
If this isn’t political correctness run amok, we aren’t sure what is.
Whether or not the wall is sound policy, a soon-to-be high school graduate should be able to make a passing reference to it without school officials snatching yearbooks and issuing mea culpas to soothe delicate millennials’ hurt feelings.
This early college is looking an awful lot like a nursery for intellectual late-bloomers.