SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - A graduating Shaker Heights senior took his creative expression one step too far.
The artistic student hid a cleverly crafted obscenity within the cover of his yearbook design that was to be distributed to students at Shaker Heights High School.
Upon learning of the profane message, Principal Michael Griffith suspended the distribution of the yearbooks. Officials must now tweak the cover to omit the offending message.
Principal Griffith sent the following letter to explain the situation to students and their parents:
Dear Students and Families:
As some of you know, distribution of this year's Gristmill was suspended when the faculty and administration learned that an obscenity was cleverly concealed in the cover artwork. Yearbooks distributed on or after June 3rd have undergone cosmetic surgery to camouflage the offensive language. Students who received their books before June 3rd may bring them to the main office, and we will arrange to have them touched up.
In addition, I would like to share this statement of apology from the artist:
Dear Parents, Faculty, Staff, and Students,
I cannot begin to explain the miserable feeling I brought upon myself, when I betrayed the trust of all of you. I apologize for offending anyone and everyone. It is unfortunate that I did not recognize the big responsibility and honor given to me when asked to design the cover of the Shaker Heights yearbook. I offer my sincere apologies.
The student artist was allowed to take part in the graduation ceremony with his classmates last week.