D-11 Releases Controversial Yearbook Page

Students at Palmer High School believe a yearbook page was pulled because it featured a photo of a same sex couple, but the district says the problem was a photo of a straight couple kissing. District 11 distributed copies of the controversial pages to the media Tuesday.

The samples of the so-called “relationship page” look incomplete, but featured prominently in the center of one is the kissing photo.

The page itself was actually deleted nearly a week before allegations surfaced that the page was being pulled because of those two photos. The copies distributed Tuesday were recovered from a backup.

"Since the page was recovered from what's called a taped file, no one except the D11 technology team had access to the page to make changes neither the teachers nor the students,” explained D-11 spokesperson Devra Ashby.

When the news surfaced, students said they believed two other photos were at the heart of the matter. One photo showed two girls holding hands, the other showed a kiss on the cheek.

“This particular incident had nothing to do with sexual orientation and everything to do with public displays of affection, which is not condoned by Palmer and is against policy in District 11,” Ashby told 11 News last week.

“It’s actually kind of hypocritical, because we’ve fought to have a gay-straight alliance here at Palmer. That way, gay and lesbian couples could be open with who they are,” Palmer Student Stephanie Friesen said last week. “And then a picture comes up and they’re taking it out of the yearbook because it is a lesbian couple, I’m really confused about that.”

Right now, the district says they have an open investigation about what happened.

The school’s yearbook has replaced the relationship page with a diversity page, on which the district says a photo of a same-sex couple could be featured holding hands.

D-11 also says Palmer High School prides itself on its diverse culture, even pointing out they’re one of the few schools with a faculty-supervised Gay Straight Alliance club.

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  • by Reality on Mar 22, 2012 at 01:42 PM
    "It’s actually kind of hypocritical, because we’ve fought to have a gay-straight alliance here at Palmer. That way, gay and lesbian couples could be open with who they are,” Palmer Student Stephanie Friesen said last week. “And then a picture comes up and they’re taking it out of the yearbook because it is a lesbian couple, I’m really confused about that.” --- No, little girl. It's just like the administrator said: It has nothing to do with sexual orientation and everything to do with PDA, which is not condoned. Pretty simple concept. This is one of those opportunities for you to learn humility in the face of wisdom. Take it and learn, or ignore it and shut up. Dang snot-nosed kids.
  • by wth on Mar 21, 2012 at 07:36 PM
    im sorry but i start reading comments and most of it is not pertaining to the article itself,who gives a "you know what" about the politics on gays,les. This is about a school that is having issue of what to show and what not to, I personally dont care who someone loves,that there lives and who are we to judge. Its not like the children of the school are not aware of the same sex couples,so why hide it? thats my opinion. Im seeing some ignorance in these comments if i was asked. oh and id like to add that the bb person who states we should seperate coloreds,well then id ask my kids are half black and half white so should they have a choice in choosing?i mean if we had whites and blacks school..its sad to see racism is still a huge issue. Things are not gonna change so if youre still stuck on being ignorant id suggest u build yourself a rocketship and go else where dumb a**
  • by DanReeves Location: The Further on Mar 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM
    @ Anonymous -- Ignorant? That's what all Libs like you say when someone has inpependent thought! You called people like me zombies? Funny, when is the last time you watched a debate? Or really payed attention to anything? The whole world is falling apart due to Liberalism. Please; I'm asking, stop thinking Obama is the answer. Don't listen to Oprah, Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt. They're IDIOTS! I challenge you to actually pay attention to what's going on. Don't just call someone ignorant because they go against the grain. That in itself is ignorant...
  • by DanReeves Location: The Further on Mar 21, 2012 at 08:34 AM
    This modern world ran by Socialist Liberals is sickening! They tell all of us that bassically anything you want to do is OK. Free lunch, free healthcare, free love, free everything. Nothing is off-limits anymore. SOME people choose to still have morals and self respect. SOME people still draw lines in the sand. SOME people still have a little dicipline! If you don't agree with the modern Lib Nation you're a racist biggot. What the hell happened to us as a nation? We let the voice of the few speak for the many...
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      by ColoradoMom on Mar 21, 2012 at 08:45 AM in reply to DanReeves
      @DanReeves. You are so right!! You hit the "nail on the head" with your comment! If you were running for political office; you would have my vote! Thank you for your direct and honest and most accurate comment.
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        by RickSantorum on Mar 21, 2012 at 09:28 AM in reply to ColoradoMom
        I couldn't agree with you more!!! Socialism, gays, birth control and MMJ will be the downfall of Amurica! Grab your six shooters and lets give our country back to the people! (Unless your black, latino, poor, uninsured, gay, or anyone else Rush Limbaugh hates) Yippe kiyay motherlovers!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 at 10:51 AM in reply to DanReeves
      You do realize how ignorant you sound right? Socialism and Free everything? First of whats wrong with free? You do realize that europe and other modern countries (who are more intelligent than us and not socialist) have free education and healthcare and are better off for it not to mention much happier. Should those two things not be as important as our first amendement right? I mean take your head out the ground and look around will ya. You conservatives would have us behave like zombies and live in the stone age.
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        by DanReeves on Mar 21, 2012 at 11:11 AM in reply to
        You are such a JERK! Do you ever listen to yourself!? Yeah you're exactly right everything is free in Europe. They're bankrupt because of it! They're 10 times worse off than we are! I know that's hard to imagine but it's true. Take your head out of the sand bro. We bail out Europe all the time! Plus they're over-ran by Muslims! Must be pretty cool huh bro...?
  • by @ Richard Location: The Further on Mar 21, 2012 at 08:23 AM
    Since when did Homosexuality become a race? Furthermore you Libs can say whatever you want and it's considered intelligent. A Christian/Catholic/Jew makes a comment and it's racist/biggotted instantly. Just because some people still believe that Homosexuality is wrong does not mean they should get treated that way. Shame on you and all the people like you. I instantly hate you...
  • by Betty on Mar 20, 2012 at 09:35 PM
    Dear Lord, how scandalous. No issues here with the transsexual transgender teacher they have, nor has it ever bothered my children that attended but why isn't that a story. Who cares about this, Palmer is a great school, give it a rest you homophobic people. Certainly if Palmer can hire a know transvestite male than these photos should be of no issue.
  • by BB on Mar 20, 2012 at 08:14 PM
    Further more we need to separate those colored out of our schools. They are a distraction to the white kids who are actually there to learn.
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      by Richard on Mar 20, 2012 at 09:49 PM in reply to BB
      @BB Someone needs to separate you from the human race. You are a few decades behind, so go back under that rock from where you came from and take your racist views with you.
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        by Krystal on Mar 21, 2012 at 08:19 AM in reply to Richard
        Actually, being against homosexuality has nothing to do with race.
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          by Dexter on Mar 21, 2012 at 09:52 AM in reply to Krystal
          Actually, saying that the we need to seperate the "colored" out of our schools IS racist, pay attention.
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          by Richard on Mar 23, 2012 at 08:51 PM in reply to Krystal
          Duh what part of separate those colored out of our schools and that they are a distraction to white kids not a racist remark? Your fear of Gay people have blinded you or your reading comprehension is pretty darn low.
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      by Dexter on Mar 21, 2012 at 07:32 AM in reply to BB
      That one made me laugh, nice trolling...
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      by wth on Mar 21, 2012 at 07:43 PM in reply to BB
      and you would know this how??,that had to be the most unintelligent and ignorant statement ive seen. So let me guess you wasn't able to graduate and are at a minium wage job? you so happen feel the need to blame your stupidity on race and assume that other children would be just as uneducated as you due to blacks? Well that itself would explain it, If a person of other race would make you so distracted to not learn it would be your own fault you dumb a**
  • by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 08:01 PM
    Everyone needs to get over this. The district/school has the right to pull whatever year book picture they want for whatever reason they want. You all are CHILDREN in a HIGH SCHOOL, you don't get to make those decisions. Don't care about sexual orientation.
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      by A Mother on Mar 21, 2012 at 08:36 AM in reply to
      I believe that the school has the right to decide what goes in a yearbook and what doesn't. I do not want to see two girls kissing in any of my children's yearbook. And, I agree that they are children, and the decision is up to the school.
  • by God Location: heaven on Mar 20, 2012 at 07:40 PM
    I love all my children and they can love each other too so back off haters!
  • by BB on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:29 PM
    It's sad to see so much perversion in our young people! This is the result of prayer being taken out of the schools, and the homosexual agenda at work in our schools.
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      by a on Mar 20, 2012 at 07:51 PM in reply to BB
      Really? What century do you live in?
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      by JJ on Mar 21, 2012 at 05:26 AM in reply to BB
      lol. I just looked at my yearbook and there is quit a few pictures of PDA. And i Graduated in 1990. Oh wait, The diffirence is everybody is more worried about what everybody else is doing. Back then PDA was considered a NORMAL action of teenagers. You at one time was probably the same. Oh wait, you are older and been saved by god. Sorry.
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        by Krystal on Mar 21, 2012 at 08:32 AM in reply to JJ
        I graduated in 1993 which makes me even younger than you and I agree with BB. I don't like the perversion of our young people either. The very same people who wonder why we have so much pain and suffering in this world are the ones who think our religion is outdated. I'm sorry, but with so much blatant sin and hatred for God, there will be no rest and there will be a constant separation. Homosexuality is one of those areas where there will never be peace between the two sides.
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        by Sheryl on Mar 21, 2012 at 01:53 PM in reply to JJ
        @JJ Really? I work for a large school district and PDA has never been O.K. in our schools. I attended these sames schools as well and it was not allowed. Holding hands was a tolerated display affection and only that. If anyone had been caught kissing in the hall, room, cafeteria, or whereever in a school; you would have been sent to talk to the Dean of Girls/Dean of Boys, Assistant Principal, etc. You must have been living in your own little world without regard to school policies and rules. Class of 1966. An oldie but goodie!
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