VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A yearbook quote has a Virginia Beach principal apologizing to parents.
A senior at Cox High School submitted a quote from Adolf Hitler, and it slipped through the cracks of the editing process. No one noticed until after thousands of yearbooks were handed out last week.
Cox freshman Lauren Shepherd was excited to flip through the pages of her first high school yearbook until someone pointed out a quote underneath a senior picture - a quote about success, attributed to Adolph Hitler.
"Just the words 'Adolf Hitler' scared me," said Shepherd. "I don't even need to read the quote, I just heard the name and I was like, 'Wow. Who would put a quote by this man?'"
WAVY.com chose to blur the 17-year-old student's name because the story is not about his judgment, it's about how the quote was not caught by the yearbook editing staff.
"I thought it was irresponsible of them to miss something that actually goes in our yearbooks," said Shepherd.
In a schoolwide email to parents, the Cox principal offered an apology, writing, "We will review our editing process closely and make the requisite adjustments. Please forgive our lapse of diligence."
Shepherd had a special editor at home. Her mother ripped the page out of the yearbook the night she saw it. Her mother said tearing materials is a Jewish funeral tradition to show sorrow over the loss of loved ones. And, for the Shepherds, the quote hits home.
"It hurts because my grandfather was in the Holocaust," said Shepherd. "He survived, but his whole family died in it."
The Shepherds choose to focus on a different message, one of acceptance. Like the high school principal, they hope this can be a teachable moment for everyone.
"Hopefully they will never have another quote like that in the yearbook," said Shepherd.
A school spokesperson told WAVY.com the school does not have any plans to reprint the yearbook because of the quote.
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