Only in America
▪ A Missouri high school deleted the yearbook quotes of two openly gay students to avoid “potential offending” anyone. Joey Slivinski and Thomas Swartz each made lighthearted references to no longer living “in the closet.” But officials removed the quotes to “protect” classmates, leaving the quote spaces blank. Schwartz, who came out to his parents at age 15, said he was shocked the school would censor him to protect “small-minded people.”
▪ Officials at Yale University altered a campus stone carving of a Puritan and a Native American to make it appear less “hostile.” The two figures are depicted side by side, each holding a weapon, but the settler’s musket has been covered over with cement because a committee deemed it “not appropriate.” The native’s bow was left as it was.