California’s Bonita High’s school newspaper caused outrage for publishing cartoons depicting President Trump as a Nazi and an officer wearing KKK hood while aiming a gun at a black child.
The article that appeared in the student paper, The Pawprint, was addressing how powerful images open up dialogue on important issues- but instead parents were furious over the highly political imagery.
In one drawing a swastika is revealed to be hiding under Trump’s hair.
In another a small black child is holding a bag of skittles out to an officer who is wearing a KKK hood and pointing a gun at the boy, in a reference to Trayvon Martin who bought the candy before being shot by security guard George Zimmerman in 2012.
Bonita High’s student newspaper, The Pawprint, caused parents to be outraged after they used highly political cartoons, such as this one, depicting the president with a swastika on his head
In another image in the article titled ‘Artist and Activist’ was of an officer wearing a KKK hood pointing a gun at a small black child holding out a bag of candy
The article in question was discussing how powerful cartoons can spark conversations- but the conversation that ensued was over the appropriateness of the images in a high school paper
The images were taken from Google.
One parent told Fox11: ‘I don’t want my son seeing an officer with a KKK hood on pointing a gun at a child’s face.’
He added ‘These kids are so impressionable they take these things at face value- they don’t realize this is just an artist.’
Some students also questioned the appropriateness of the article, titled ‘Artist and Activist.’
‘Everyone has the right to their own opinion at the end of the day, but I feel like in school it should be a place where we don’t have to talk about politics,’ said one unnamed student.
However, another student said, while the article is controversial, it is still part of free speech.
‘My son is beyond excited to become a bearcat next year, but this makes me wonder if we made the right choice,’ Jacqueline DeMonaco Bradley wrote in a Facebook comment, referring to the mascot at Bonita High.
Even the mayor of Laverne weighed in on the issue. Mayor Don Kendrick said the article was the result of a ‘very bad decision’ by one teacher.
In the same issue of The Pawprint were articles on the school walkouts for gun control, abortion, rape and immigration enforcement.
This parent said he didn’t want his son seeing the images that appeared in the Pawprint
Meanwhile this unnamed student said she believes school is a place where kids shouldn’t have to discuss politics
Prestigious Bontia High (pictured) is under fire for printing highly political and controversial cartoons in it’s student publication
The article has been pulled from the school’s website, and the issue is no longer being circulated on campus.
In a statement the school district distanced itself from the article, but also added even high schoolers are permitted to free speech.
‘There is a California Education Code that affirms the First Amendment rights of student newspapers,’ Carl Coles, the interim superintendent of the Bonita School District, said in the statement.
‘The student journalist’s article does not represent the views of Bonita High School or the District.’