CHICAGO (CBS)– Administrators at Walter Payton College Prep announced the decision to spend over $22,000 for yearbook reprints after the yearbooks were printed containing offensive content.
School officials said the yearbook contained six photographs of students displaying the “ok” sign, known as the “Circle Game.”READ MORE: Mother Has Questions After Police Shoot, Kill Man They Say Was Wielding Knife In Englewood
While the school believes the students had “playful” intentions, the hand gesture was also a symbol for white power.
“Of course, such symbology is completely antithetical to the values of our community; it is repugnant and odious and has no place at all in our Payton, American, and world communities,” school officials stated in a letter to the school community.
The letter stated it will take four to five weeks for the reprinted yearbooks to be delivered.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rain Coming As Work Week Begins
Walter Payton College Prep is not the only school dealing with offensive yearbook content.
On May 23, Highland Park High School halted yearbook distribution after a senior quote was linked to Nazi leaders.
Earlier that week, administrators at Oak Park and River Forest High School decided at a school board meeting to spend nearly $54,000 to reprint the school yearbook, after discovering several photos of students making a hand gesture associated with racism.MORE NEWS: Farmers Market Vendors Pleased As Open Boulevards Program Kicks Off In Logan Square
School staff found 18 photos of students making the symbol, which is formed by making an “ok” symbol with the fingers and turning the hand into a downward position.