It's a brou-ha-ha in a mass-produced glossy, leather (or vinyl) bound book: Hunter College High School faculty halted production of their "Annals" yearbook, leading some students to threaten a First Amendment lawsuit against the school. The NY Sun has the inside track on why the yearbook was pulled: Because of its "100 jokes that typically run alongside photos of the students clubs."
In past years, some of those jokes teetered on offensive. Yearbook staff said they took special pains to be sensitive this year.
School officials had asked the printer to pull a list of about 100 jokes that typically run alongside photos of the students clubs. In past years, some of those jokes teetered on offensive. Yearbook staff said they took special pains to be sensitive this year.
The staff had already agreed to axe a few jokes, such as one for the eighth grade math club: "Did you hear about the constipated mathematician? He worked it out with a pencil."
Last week, the adult yearbook supervisors stepped in and asked that even the jokes they had already approved - such as: "Origami Club: I fold" - be pulled.
Even though it's unclear whether a lawsuit will be filed, Hunter College High School agreed to restart yearbook production. Kids, all Gothamist can say is "good luck" and "put that yearbook online" - along with the nixed jokes.
And speaking of yearbooks, we got the limited edition Freaks & Geeks DVD set, which is packaged in a green yearbook and makes us confused: "Why do we have a William McKinley yearbook?" But you don't need the limited edition set to enjoy Freaks & Geeks - Netflix it now!