High-School Teacher Removes Student's Picture From Every Single Yearbook

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A British Columbia high-school faculty advisor personally removed the picture of a student whose quote he deemed libelous from every single yearbook. "I will not allow anything to be published that is hurtful and untrue," said Ken Piercy. [BoingBoing]

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"It's mind boggling," said Brandon, 15, who attends the 285-student school in Courtenay, B.C. "People should be able to state their opinions without having them cut out."

What led to the radical book surgery was Brandon's favourite Lake Trail memory: "When Ms. Carpenter spent all our money on a new fence instead of new textbooks."

An insert in the yearbook, explaining the excising, states that a student made a comment that was hurtful and "not based on truth" and that "I will not allow anything to be published that is hurtful and untrue."

Those words were written by Lake Trail teacher and yearbook adviser Ken Piercy, who spent one hour hand-cutting Brandon's profile out of 149 $25-apiece yearbooks after black marker didn't work, Ms. Carpenter said.