Massaponax High School recalls yearbook

Published: May. 20, 2010 at 2:28 AM EDT|Updated: May. 20, 2010 at 3:12 AM EDT
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SPOTSYLVANIA, VA (WWBT) - Secret confessions about sex, abortions, and drugs - all printed in a local high school year book. This happened at Massaponax High School in Spotsylvania.

We spoke with about a dozen Massaponax students and parents this evening. Most of the students said they've read the offensive comments, first hand. Even though the principal is recalling all the copies, some say it's already too late.

A section of the 2010 yearbook, dedicated to students who were able to submit anonymous confessions, got out of hand. School officials are now scrambling to get it back.

"Mr. Rodkey, our principle, is giving out incentives like $10 Wal-mart gift cards to have people turn it back in," said freshman, Cait Champ.

But most of the students by now say they've gotten a glimpse of the controversial yearbook.

"One of the quotes in there was like I had an abortion and my mom still doesn't know about it something like that, things that shouldn't be on there," said senior, Gabby Anderson.

"There was one that said, once I was so high I woke up high and me any friend were just sitting there like wow, did they just really put this in the yearbook," said Champ.

Angela Scott said she's not allowing her teens to buy a copy.

"We're in so much shock, that so much of this stuff is being talked about, you know the pregnancies or being stoned or being high, it's the same thing it's more or less disgusting, it's degrading for all the kids," said parent, Angela Scott.

Senior Gabby Anderson takes us through a 2006 yearbook to compare the two. Besides the comments,  she claims she saw other inappropriate material ill fit for a senior yearbook.

"One of the things that were on there was the percentage ratio of how many students cut themselves and stuff like that," said Gabby.

But not all students think the message is wrong.

"I think it's just getting students involved in the yearbook and that's better," said freshman, Troy Hatchel.

The Spotsylvania school superintendent released this statement:

"It is most unfortunate that inappropriate comments found their way into the 2010 yearbook ...a revised yearbook that students and staff can be proud of is being reprinted."

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