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'Nasty stuff' out of school yearbook

June 3, 2010 12:35 am

By PAMELA GOULD

Mason Chandler picked up the second edition of his 2010 Massaponax High School yearbook yesterday.

He hadn't been all that distressed about the first version, which was edited and shipped back to the printer last month, but he understood why some parents and school officials found it offensive.

"It had a lot of things that were completely inappropriate," the senior said.

Massaponax Principal Joe Rodkey began calling households asking students to bring the original year- book back to school after a few copies went out May 14 during an after-school party.

Complaints about the content started almost as soon as people began thumbing through the 350-page full-color book that sold for $70 in advance and $80 after an initial deadline passed.

The yearbook, titled "Glances 2010, Truth Be Told," included page after page of quotes laced with sexual innuendo as well as purported "confessions" about sexual activities, abortions and illicit drug use.

Rodkey began his second round of calls to households about the yearbook on Tuesday. That time it was to tell them the revised yearbook had arrived and would be available for pickup starting yesterday.

Rodkey's goal when he learned of the offensive material was to get the book reprinted and back to students before graduation tomorrow.

In a message to The Free Lance-Star, he said he was pleased to have achieved that goal, which allows seniors time to get the yearbooks signed by classmates before they begin going their own way.

Chandler said seniors would be signing one another's yearbooks during a pizza party after graduation practice tomorrow afternoon.

Information was unavailable yesterday about the cost of reprinting the yearbooks or how that expense would be paid.

Rodkey was not available for comment yesterday.

A Massaponax High staff member said the school division was not allowing interviews or photos regarding the yearbooks yesterday.

Before that statement, Rodkey had expressed his pleasure with the second version of the yearbook.

"The book is excellent, just like it was to start with," he said. "Take away all the nasty stuff that was in there and we have a really, really good yearbook now."

Pamela Gould: 540/735-1972
Email: pgould@freelancestar.com





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