West Island high school yearbook recalled after racist slur hidden in student’s bio


The offending word was reportedly contained in a succession of six words which, when their first letters were spelled together, formed the slur.

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Administrators at MacDonald High School in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue have ordered the recall of more than 900 yearbooks for 2021-2022 after a racial slur was detected in the biography of one of the students.

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“The school administration immediately decided to recall the more than 900 copies of the yearbook that were printed and distributed,” the Lester B. Pearson School Board said in a statement issued on Sunday. “The page with the inappropriate content has since been removed from the majority of the yearbooks and the school plans to finalize the recall of the remaining copies this week.”

The offending word was reportedly contained in a succession of six words which, when their first letters were spelled together, formed the slur.

The Lester B. Pearson School Board said it “deplores the actions of the students involved and denounces racism and discrimination in all forms. We cannot let racist attitudes of any kind go unchecked.”

The two graduating students involved in the incident will face disciplinary action, the board said.


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