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Parents upset after anti-Trump quote makes Cherry Creek school yearbook

School says quote is protected speech
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Posted at 11:43 AM, May 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-25 20:18:02-04

AURORA, Colo. – A student’s anti-Trump comment published in the Cherry Creek Challenge School yearbook has some parents upset.

The yearbook quote appeared in a section titled “Most likely to be.” Responding to the question, the student wrote, “Exposing a racist, sexist, fascist, Islamaphobic, xenophobic, bigoted ignorant, ugly president whose last name rhymes with chump.”

A mother of a student at the k-8 school in Aurora told Denver7 that she feels the comment is inappropriate and doesn’t send a positive message.

Colorado is one of eight states nationwide that gives First Amendment protections to student publications. Cherry Creek School officials say since the yearbook is considered a student publication, they are unable to censor the content unless unless the statements are obscene, racist or defamatory.

In this case, the school said the student's quote reflects a personal opinion and does not fall under any of the aforementioned categories. 

According to state statue, a public figure or (someone) involved in a matter of public concern has a different standard of what constitutes libelous, slanderous, or defamatory.

"We regret that some people found the statement offensive, and that it has caused such disruption. However it is important that we also teach our students to respect the rights of others to express their opinions," school officials said in a statement.

The yearbook was distributed to students Wednesday. Friday is the last day for classes before summer break.