Chaska High School yearbook delayed due to blackface photo

Chaska High School yearbook delayed due to blackface photo Photo: KSTP/File

May 22, 2019 09:04 PM

Chaska High School did not deliver its yearbook to senior students Wednesday after a photo of a student wearing blackface was discovered in the yearbook after printing.

The high school received an announcement from Assistant Principal Jim Swearingen Wednesday.


"Fortunately, we caught this before we began its distribution," Swearingen wrote. "We are taking immediate steps to remove the page at issue."

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Swearingen said the yearbook team noticed the small photo during a final review. The photo is of the student cheer section at a football game and includes one student in blackface, he said.

That football game against Chanhassen High School is one of the highest profile events of the year, he added.

"At no time do we condone the ridicule or demeaning of other human beings, particularly our own students," his announcement read. "I apologize that this happened and for the delay in our yearbook distribution."


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