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SD308 responds to OHS yearbook controversy

The headline for the Oswego High School competitive cheerleading team's yearbook page has drawn controversy over the use of a song lyric that many are calling inappropriate. While the yearbook article quotes members of the team as saying the song is inspirational, many on social media are pointing out that the phrase could be taken as offensive.
The headline for the Oswego High School competitive cheerleading team's yearbook page has drawn controversy over the use of a song lyric that many are calling inappropriate. While the yearbook article quotes members of the team as saying the song is inspirational, many on social media are pointing out that the phrase could be taken as offensive.

After a controversy erupted online over a headline in the 2017-18 Oswego High School yearbook, administrators "thoroughly investigated" the production process, SD308 Director of Communications and Public Relations Theresa Komitas said in a statement on Wednesday.

The investigation was held after a public backlash from the headline for a story about the school's competitive cheerleading team that read, "No One Ugly Allowed," referencing a lyric from a song used to energize the team. The story detailed the steps the squad took to prepare for competitions and gain confidence, from wearing blue lipstick and sunglasses, to listening to the song, "Fashionista," by Jimmy James.

While members of the team were quoted as saying that the song helped them to feel beautiful on the inside and outside, many on social media pointed out that the lyric could be seen as offensive by those who read the story.

According to Komitas' statement, members of the OHS administration investigated the yearbook's production process, and spoke with the individuals involved. The process has been updated, she said, to allow for the additional review of content during the editing process of future yearbooks.

"At this time we're are not providing any additional comments regarding the yearbook article," Komitas said. "We respectfully request that the students, coaches, and staff involved not be contacted, as they move past the situation."

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