High school yearbook snafus anger parents

High school yearbooks are supposed to enshrine one's happy youthful memories forever. Unfortunately, quite a few parents and students opened up their yearbooks with a gasp of horror this year to discover inappropriate quotes, photos and a politically inflammatory list instead of the usual feel-good fare. Let's hope everyone takes the summer to cool off.

In Arkansas, for instance, the 2010-2011 yearbook at Russellville Middle School lists the "5 worst people of all time." Students listed former President George W. Bush and Bush's vice president, Dick Cheney, right after Adolf Hitler, Osama Bin Laden and Charles Manson.

Superintendent Randall Williams asked the yearbook printing company to cover the list with pieces of tape, but many parents aren't mollified.

"I think it's just hard to explain, and I've talked to the sponsor and she is very very very upset about it. That she didn't pay any attention to that particular part of that particular page," he told the local Fox affiliate. "I think she maybe just scanned the whole page and went on."

At River City High School in West Sacramento, Calif, a 16-year-old yearbook editor wrote a screed describing the school's cheerleading team as being "dolled up" in "glorified underwear" in violation of the school's dress code, reports Babble's Meredith Carroll. The page dedicated to the cheerleading squad was titled "Who Wears Short Skirts?" and accompanied by an action-shot photo (above) showing the squad with their skirts raised, and another photo that was a cropped shot showing only the girls' legs.

School officials have told angry parents and students that the language is not libelous, nor does it harm the school's mission to educate students, so it's protected by the First Amendment. The 16-year-old who wrote the copy released a statement saying she deeply regrets writing the words and meant no harm. "While I did try out for the team in 2009, I carry no resentment towards the cheerleaders or their families," the student wrote.

"I was really mad. I was just shaking," one of the cheerleaders, Breannah Gully, told ABC in describing the moment she saw the yearbook. "Everyone had to tell me to calm down.... I called my mom, and I was crying."

Meanwhile in Chesapeake, Virginia, an Oscar Smith High School senior apparently thought it would be a good idea to quote Adolf Hitler in his yearbook. The student chose the phrase "The more, the merrier," attributing it rather ominously to the murderous German dictator for the senior saying that ran next to his photo. (It doesn't appear that Hitler actually ever said the words, but let us know if we're wrong.)

"It slipped through," Chesapeake schools spokesman Tom Cupitt told The Virginia Pilot. "We're so shocked and aghast that something like this happened, and we'll take every measure to make sure something like this never happens again."

Mercedes Malion, whose daughter attends the school, told a local TV news station that she was horrified when she noticed the quote because her daughter's grandparents escaped Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust. She said the senior quickly apologized to her daughter via a Facebook message.

You can watch the local news report on the Hitler quote here:

CORRECTION: This article originally said Russellville Middle School is in Little Rock--it's located in the city of Russellville.

(Screenshot of River City High cheerleaders as they're represented in the yearbook: ABC News)