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A high school deemed a teen's 'Build the wall' quote inappropriate and pulled its yearbook


A North Carolina high school senior isn't apologizing for making her quote in her yearbook "Build the wall," getting the yearbook pulled, and sparking a national debate about the freedom of speech, The Charlotte Observer reported

Richmond County Schools pulled the yearbook, claiming that it contained "inappropriate comments."

Media coverage tried to avoid naming the teen, but Richmond County senior Miranda Taylor has identified herself as the source of said comments. 

“While I am sorry that my classmates and I will not have a yearbook, I can honestly say that I am not sorry for defending my freedom of speech,” Taylor told Richmond Daily Journal. “I have always been taught that when I am given a choice, it is up to me to make that choice. I will choose God and my country every time.

“Because of those statements, social media has now decided that I am prejudiced, racist, and have no right to freedom of speech. I have been (threatened) by hundreds of people that I don’t even know, just because I quoted our president.”

The schools released a statement on the matter via Facebook. 

Some of Taylor's classmates have supported the decision to pull the yearbook, but many people around the country weighed in on the controversy on social media and in comments sections. 

Some pointed out that had Taylor used "Resist Trump" as her quote, she wouldn't have had a problem. Others have pointed out that pulling the yearbook might have been an overreaction. 

School officials have not specifically pointed out Taylor's quote as the "inappropriate comments."

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