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Racist yearbook comment in Chilliwack prompts apology from school administration

Last Updated Jun 22, 2021 at 6:43 am PDT

FILE - Chilliwack Secondary School (Courtesy Chillwack School District)
Summary

Chilliwack Secondary says quote was not what 'the student in question wished to have in the yearbook'

Chilliwack school is apologizing, calling racist comment in yearbook 'inappropriate and offensive'

Administration at Chilliwack Secondary says racist yearbook comment was 'editing error that was missed at school level'

CHILLIWACK (NEWS 1130) – There is an apology from the administration at Chilliwack Secondary School, after a yearbook comment was published comparing graduation to ending Black slavery in the U.S.

The comment beside a white student’s graduation photo reads, “‘We’re free’ – The Slaves 1865”, as is shown in a screenshot posted by The Chilliwack Progress.

On the school’s website, the administration says what was published is “inappropriate and offensive,” but calls it an editing error that was missed at the school level.

“This was not the quote that the student in question wished to have in the yearbook,” the statement reads. “We regret that this error was made, and we are sorry for the hurt that this has caused others.”

The school goes on to say, “Statements such as this do not align with the values of inclusion that we support at Chilliwack Secondary,” and that it is working to “refine protocols” in an effort to avoid similar mistakes in the future.

The apology posted to the Chilliwack Secondary School website after a yearbook comment was posted comparing graduation to ending slavery.

A former Chilliwack Secondary student who is Black tells the The Chilliwack Progress newspaper she’s disgusted after someone pointed it out to her, but not surprised.

“I graduated in 2015. I’ve seen a lot of racist things happening. It’s kind of almost too normal for a certain group of young men,” Janis Good told the outlet.

Last June, the Chilliwack School District apologized after a picture was published in a yearbook at another high school in 2017, showing a student in blackface.