For institutions that are supposed enhance a young person’s intelligence, the people running high schools and colleges sure are gullible.
Walter Payton College Prep is reportedly going to spend over $22,000 to reprint the school’s 2018-19 yearbooks because some students flashed the “okay” hand gesture.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times:
Walter Payton College Prep Principal Timothy Devine said on Wednesday that the students spotted flashing the sign in six photos were just having “innocent fun,” but the school decided to spend $22,485 to remove the photos and reprint because “truly repugnant groups are co-opting this symbol and our Payton community will not be associated with those groups or their vile messages or actions.
But, if you’d purposefully like to feel dumber, check out what Principal Timothy Divine wrote in a letter to families concerning the decision to reprint the yearbooks.
“While the intent of the usage of the symbol in the photographs was playful, the effect on readers can reasonably be quite different, given that the hand gesture has more recently also become a symbol of white supremacy,” Divine said.
These people are educating children.
While the Sun-Times does note that the “okay” hand symbol was intentionally confused as a white supremacist symbol because of a 4chan hoax, writer Mitchell Armentrout cited the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in espousing that “white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan” have hijacked the symbol.
“What was once solely a playful symbol is in the process of being usurped by hate groups,” Divine also said.
No. No, it’s not. Not if you don’t let them. People give hoaxes, like the one with the okay hand gesture, more credence by taking action like this.
It’s not like this is the first time a school has done this, either.
Just a week ago, I reported about another Chicago-area high school that spent almost $54,000 on reprinting their school’s yearbooks for the exact same reason.
These schools are wasting money over something that everyone else, not labeled as an educator, politician or SJW, understands as either a symbol meaning “okay” or as a game between friends.
People who supposedly are against these worthless white supremacists are also the same people giving the small amount of actual supremacists the power that they seek.
Hopefully schools stop “educating” students and begin to make them more intelligent instead.