Some in Lynden upset when 3 seniors quote Hitler in yearbook

LHSLYNDEN, Wash. — Controversy is brewing at a local high school after students were allowed to quote Adolf Hitler in their 2014 yearbook.

Now the school district plans to come up with changes to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Graduating seniors from Lynden High School were allowed to pick a famous quote to appear near their yearbook portrait. Three students chose quotes from Hitler — and they all made it into the yearbook.

These are the quotes which has the district rethinking their yearbook review plans;

  • “Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.”
  • “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.”
  • “If you want to shine like the sun, first you have to burn like it.”

Now, many in the tight-knit community are upset.

“My husband fought in WWII and I’m just a little bit fed up by the whole thing,” said Doreen Casbeer.

The yearbook publication was being overseen by a school staff member, but officials only discovered the quotes after the yearbooks were passed out to students.

Most kids who talked to Q13 Fox News didn’t understand why people are upset.

“As long as (it’s) a good, meaningful quote or something,” said student Josanna Diacogiannis “Hitler is not a role model or anything.”

“I can see why people would be offended by them, but personally I’m not going to make a big deal about it,” said junior class student Cameron Stevenson.

But others living in Lynden wonder how the quotes got past the eyes of administrators.

“It’s about time they learned because my husband is in his grave now and fought for this world and these kids. And they don’t want to pay any attention,” said Casbeer.

Other graduates say the issue is being blown out of proportion.

But the district superintendent said he was disappointed that this happened and added that any quotes from Hitler have no place in their yearbooks.

Next year, all items that appear in the yearbook should reflect the celebration of learning and accomplishment students have achieved, officials said.

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26 comments

  • DuhNigreus

    In the above quote, Hitler was actually speaking to Jews' historic practice of treachery and deceit. Likewise, when Goebbels spoke of "The Big Lie", it was in the context of describing its effectiveness as an invention of the Jew.

  • Joe

    What's more upsetting is how Obama loves traders and enemy collaborators and pays their fake ransoms with blood thirsty high ranking terrorist to rerun to chopping off heads while invoking floods of the world's filth and poor to pour across the border and bussed to every street corner in America and destroying it. Asshole! Thanks you idiots who voted for Obama.

    • S_Hunter

      "Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.” kinda sounds like the practice of the present regime, don't ya think?

      • Phillip A. Magnum

        Jeez you're pretty familiar with huffing stuff huh? Were you huffing gasoline when you voted for our commander and chief???

  • tomliotta

    The Q13 segment this evening showed a woman whose husband had fought in WWII to defeat Hitler. I have strong sympathy for her and appreciation for her husband's sacrifices. But there's a rub … One quote from the woman, "My husband is in his grave now and fought for this world and these kids, and they don't want to pay any attention." I have trouble with the apparent attempt behind that statement. Didn't her husband fight to DEFEAT a regime that would censor such unapproved comments as these kids chose?

  • DutchGirl

    I have 3 teenagers myself and there is no way that this was not a blatant act of disrespect. The kids did this thinking it would be a cute act of defiance because they were given a little bit of room to express themselves and have not been taught to act like respectful young adults. I also have an issue with the line, "But others living in Lynden wonder how the quotes got past the eyes of administrators." at least one of the quotes was credited to A.H., I am sorry but maybe I am the only one who does not have every Hitler quote memorized? I sympathize with the teacher who was in charge of the year book as they will surely feel the heat for this. The kids obviously have too much time on their hands, lack of discipline and proper parenting. My eighth grader would never dream of doing something so morally wrong and disrespectful, I saw the look of disgust on her face as she read this story, so do not blame it on age, you better believe these kids knew better!

  • Jake

    To the widow of the man who fought in WW2 – Your husband is a hero and deserves the utmost respect from everyone in this country. With that being said, he fought for the rights of these kids to say the kinds of things they did.

    Its' taste might be questionable but what exactly is intrinsically offensive about the quoted material? How is this news? Hundreds of kids post bible verses as their quotes yet you don't see any sort of uproar from the parents of atheist students. All this does is reflect upon the kid who chose to represent himself with a demons' quote. Who cares?

  • Ted

    If this would have been a quote from ex v.p. Cheney, would that be cool with you? That would have pissed me off. Should I get news too?

  • George

    The quotes on this site, are the exact reason why everyone is over reacting to the yearbook. Let's bring censorship back, and teach our students at the age when they are actually inspired to do something…sure as long as I agree with you.


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