The principal of Highland High School and the interim principal of the Salt Lake City School District apologized for the hate speech printed in the school’s recent yearbook on Saturday.
In view of the release on Friday, when the students opened them, they found a high-level quote that read: “There are two genders and many mental illnesses,” FOX13 reports.
In a statement issued by the school district, officials said the sentence was “although editing procedures have been established.”
Larry Madden, the interim director of the region, called the offer “unacceptable” and condemned it, saying it did not reflect the values of the region.
“For the LGBTQIA+ and other marginalized students I am talking about, please understand how deeply your teachers, school administrators, and district leaders care about you and your well-being,” Madden said. “This sentence is offensive and inappropriate.”
He added that the school district will investigate how the quotation was printed and ensure that the quotation does not occur again.
The new principal of the high school, Jeremy Chatterton, also apologized and added:[t]His inclusion of this sentence in the yearbook is not only an administrative oversight. This is an offense to our highland community, especially our LGBTQIA+ community, and an attack. “
Chatterton, who started work on July 1, said he will provide counselors for any students affected by the offer. Those who are interested can send an email to Jeremy.Chatterton@slcschools.org.