School yearbook recalled after Black student labelled most likely to become wanted criminal
A graduating student from a high school in Montreal is speaking out after he was labelled "most likely to become a wanted criminal" in his yearbook.
Michael Thomas, 17, of Lindsay Place High School in Pointe-Claire said that the yearbook plays on stereotypes of Black men as violent and involved in crime.
The school printed the yearbooks with a non-peelable sticker over the text explaining that the text does not reflect the school's values, but many were able to remove it.
THIS IS TODAY🗣🤬🗣This is a school graduation book from Lindsay Place High school in Pointe-Claire @lphseagles . The book published the black student's, @youngxastro 'year book picture with the title most likely to "become a criminal", without his consent. They put a sticker over it which states it's not in line with their values, yet they published it. What's a sticker going to do, why was this approved? The student knew he got voted for this (something out of his control) but he didn't think the school would ever print it, for obvious reasons, and they did not have his consent. This is happening now, in 2020. This is horrific and demonstrates the lack of action on the part of schools regarding racism. Whoever approved this ought to be fired. This year book will be in the possession of the students for the rest of their lives. This is absolutely disgusting and this school needs to be called out. They did this DURING this time of heightened awareness there is no excuse. Sick and tired of people saying this isn't a Canadian issue too. (COMMENTS TURNED OFF DUE RACISM AND MISINFORMATION BEING SPREAD) #lindsayplacehighschool #racistschool #pointeclaire #racism #stereotypes #blacklivesmattercanada
"It doesn't feel good," Thomas told Global News. "It's hard to explain. It's just so much emotion. I feel really disrespected."
Thomas said he's faced other instances of racism at the school while his mother wondered why his other achievements, like being part of the school's hockey team and volunteering to help kids with disabilities, were not highlighted.
Lindsay Place issued an apology on its website that says it is recalling the yearbooks and plans to reprint them in the fall.
"We have been working today to take responsibility for what has unfolded that does not reflect our feelings and values at Lindsay Place High School," it says.
"We would like to formally apologize to our graduating student and to his family. We regret that this has unfolded and will be taking action to ensure that this does not happen again."
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