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Yearbook controversy leads to gestures of friendship

May 22, 2018 12:45PM

Hearts with words of love from Maple Mountain High students cover the Springville High doors.

Students from a local high school have reached out to build bridges of friendship after they found themselves at the center of controversy after a yearbook prank gone awry.

Maple Mountain High School’s yearbook was handed out last week with a word bubble in the shape of cross-town rival Springville’s logo containing traits like “snobby,” “annoying,” “stupid,” “ghetto,” “satanic,” and “trash,” under the title “Describe Springville.”

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After a parent posted a photo of the page on social media, the community was quick to condemn the page as bullying and not fitting to what students should be learning at school about the way others should be treated.

Over the weekend, an apology letter from the Maple Mountain High School administration was posted on Twitter. It said, “We are truly sorry that we have hurt our dear friends and neighbors that we love and respect.” The administration also expressed a “hope these positive relationships will continue far into the future.”

Springville’s principal, Dr. Everett Kelepolo responded, “We appreciate that the MMHS administration is taking steps to rectify the situation.” And added, “We hope that we can all move forward in a positive direction.

On Monday morning, Springville High students were greeted with paper hearts containing positive messages about the school placed early in the morning by Maple Mountain High School students.

Yearbook

Students also posted a video on YouTube stating the reasons they love Springville High School.

Maple Mountain also held a school-wide assembly and handed out large stickers to cover the offending page. The stickers show the logos of many area schools with the title, “At the end of the day… friends.”