What were they thinking?

They obviously weren’t

There are a number of things Karen Marshall does not like about her daughter’s Conifer High School yearbook. Three pages in particular; pages 13, 33 and 71.

On page 13, they have students smoking pot and using drug paraphernalia…

My first thought was “where was the advisor?” But then I read further…

Monday, the yearbook advisor, Amy McTague released a statement apologizing to the students, staff and community for the controversial images and quotes.

She says she discussed the photos at length with her editor and they agreed that some of the elements are completely inappropriate. She goes on to say “these issues detract from the many wonderful things that are included in the book.”

So she discussed putting pot smoking photos in the yearbook with her editor, that she knew would “detract” from the yearbook….and yet the pics still made it in.

Ya know, I’m an advisor for a high school newspaper.  I believe in giving the kids as many choices about the content of their newspaper as possible, but I have the final say.  No way I put anything illegal, or harmful to students in my paper.  Why?  First, it’s my job on the line, but slightly more important is the fact that these kids don’t understand the full ramifications of their actions.  Just ask them..

“I don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” said freshman Drew Daughtry. “There are drugs wherever you go. They were just trying to show what really happens with students. It’s part of their life.”

That maybe so, but by publishing these photos in the yearbook, they’ve made the lives of the kids pictured that much more difficult.  Say they want to run for office, or raise kids, or get a job.  They will have some difficult questions to answer.

Have fun with that.

But I’m sympathetic to the kids, I’m no saint, especially on this issue, but I know there are no published photos of me sucking down a bong.  These kids can’t say that, because some advisor didn’t think and didn’t do her job.

Luckily, the only thing ruined is a yearbook…so far.  I really hope it stays that way.


4 responses to “What were they thinking?”

  1. GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is so flippin dumb. if you actually read some of the captions you would realize that mostly all of those pictures were staged…they probably werent drinking or smoking and if they were smoking they were probably 18 or older. why did the parents have to go to the news? if they went to the administration they could have made just as much of an impact. the end k bye

  2. Hysterical! You do know that pot smoking is illegal for everyone, not just those under eighteen, right?

    You also know that the utensils they were using were for pot smoking, not tobacco, right?

    Thank goodness you didn’t use your name, you wouldn’t want people knowing how ignorant you are.

    As for the parents, you’ll have to ask them why they went to the media, but considering that two kids from the school died in a drug related car crash last week, I think publishing these photos was a really bad idea. I stand by that.

    …and really, “the end k bye”? OMG LOL! What are you, twelve?

    Save the texting for your BFF, and leave the big decisions to the adults. Now scram you scamp, it’s time for recess.

  3. holy shit

    i dont even know how to respond to this…


    justin and rusty were great fucking kids, they werent high. if you ever drive down that road youll realize why the crashed, that roads gnarly. and darren get a grip and do your research. within a month 3 other people crashed on the same road .and the yearbook was published and passed out the same day they died.

    2. no one gives a shit about the yearbook at conifer.our spirit rock is covered with shit that says how we like our year book and how mctauge kicks. shes one of the best teachers there. and so she did somthing contraversial. and no its not ruined you are retarded if you dont like it rip it out then grow up.

    3. its true the captions are no more than stories of how kids made mistakes. stop rely ing on the media and moms who dont know a holy fuck what theyre talking about.

    4. please dont attack me. i understand this completely. you obviously dont. this is out there its a part of life. there is drugs everywhere, we just stated what everyone knows.

    5. everyone will forget about this soon enough so jobs arent on the line.

    god damn it learn shit before you preech

  4. Drew,

    I believe the cops not you. Your credibility leaves a little to be desired.

    Maybe if you laid off the F-bombs and the dope; and learned to spell correctly I might take you seriously. No, I take that back. I would never take you seriously.

    So, off with you. You don’t want to be late for your next career in pizza delivery.

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