It’s that time again when yearbooks come out across the country to commemorate the school year. The pages are filled with every memorable event over the last several months as well as the standard school picture for each student which documents this moment in time. However, one teen’s photo was more awkward than most, when the Secret Service honed in on it after being alerted to what it showed which put the president’s life in imminent danger and needed to be immediately addressed.
While much controversy typically surrounds yearbook pictures for all the wrong reasons, this student’s portrait went unrecognized until it was too late. Many kids are forced into retakes for wearing apparel deemed inappropriate, but this Minnesota school didn’t see a problem with what this teen’s controversial submission and should have. It took the Secret Service getting involved to realize the issue, which only adds to what’s really going on in this state rich with Muslim refugees.
Accompanying many individual class pictures is a quote each student selects to sum up their year or their entire time in high school. Presumably in an effort to make their book more interesting and applicable to current events of the year, Brainerd High set aside a couple pages dedicated to President Donald Trump which asked the question, “How do you feel about him?”
While the rest of the yearbook was edited with a fine tooth comb, ensuring no offense was created on any of the pages, the moderation seemed to skip the Trump section.
“Editors asked students their thoughts on the president and shared the quotes next to their picture. One sophomore said, ‘I would like to behead him. I do not like him’,” WCCO reports.
For reasons that the school was either not concerned with or didn’t see a problem with, the photo and quote went viral online, after actor Scott Baio saw it and tweeted a picture of it. It wasn’t just people across the country who had an issue with this approved disgrace of our president — people in Minnesota did too, who took their frustration to the street corner until it caught the attention of the Secret Service.
“A street corner a block from the high school served as the backdrop to an impromptu protest over a yearbook comment turned controversy,” WCCO reported. “Get some accountability here, folks,” one man shouted. “It’s not a Republican, Democrat issue — what are you teaching the children?” Another woman asked.
“Jeff Czeczok calls himself a local government activist. He wants the teacher of the yearbook class fired.”
“‘I would like to behead him’ is a threat,” Czeczok said. “It gives a terrible name to the school.”
The biggest lesson this student learned in high school this year is that words and threats come with a consequence, especially when made to a government official as high as our president.
Law Newz reports:
“Officials at the school district, located in Brainerd, Minnesota, have put out an apology for letting this quote, and others critical of the President, appear in the yearbook. They claimed they were previously unaware of the ‘students’ statements’.”
“Judging by previous cases, it is highly unlikely the sophomore would be charged for the ‘behead’ quote. To build a successful conviction, prosecutors would have to discover that the sophomore did a lot more than pop off in a yearbook interview. Consider the 1969 Supreme Court case Watts v. United States. Justices ruled for a man who allegedly threatened President Lyndon Johnson at a rally. They said his statement was merely ‘crude political hyperbole’ in context.”
What’s particularly disgusting and disturbing is that a comment this vile passed the approval of anyone on the yearbook staff. This has never and would never fly by anyone had it been said about Barack Obama, especially since a gun store owner came under government scrutiny for selling targets with the former president’s appearance on it.
What’s never been acceptable under any other president and certainly not our first black president, is suddenly okay with a leader like Donald Trump in office. The rules shouldn’t change with each Commander-in-Chief.
It important to note that Minnesota, where this incident took place, is overrun with Muslim refugees who have flooded the state more than any other in the nation. While these remarks by this single student were made without specified reason, when you get this many refugees in one area, it’s only a matter of time before people become radicalized. Overtaking Western life is the intent – not assimilating into it. This may not have been the case with this student, but is certainly a possibility with other people.