PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Quaker Valley High School officials are apologizing and offering refunds on the school’s yearbook after it contained offensive quotes from Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The Tribune-Review reports an email was sent to parents Wednesday apologizing to parents, and offering students a refund, or stickers to cover up the offensive material.
The Trib says the statement read: “This is a regrettable mistake, as the school district would never knowingly condone this messaging in a school-sponsored publication,” and was signed by Superintendent Heidi Ondek, Principal Deborah Riccobelli, and yearbook sponsor and English teacher Tamra Rosa.
Some of the “offensive quotes” included: “Words build bridges into unexplored regions,” attributed to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler; “Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, so why would we let them have ideas?” attributed to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin; and “Be just: the unjust never prosper. Be valiant. Keep your word, even to your enemies,” attributed to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State terrorist group.
School board President Sarah Heres told the Trib she is “confident steps will be taken to ensure this lack of oversight does not happen again.”