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Greenwich High to Delete Racist Message in Yearbook

June 17, 1995

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) _ A high school yearbook is being recalled so the publisher can delete a coded racist message from five graduating seniors, the school superintendent said Friday.

Greenwich High School has asked students to return their yearbooks Monday and Tuesday so the publisher can remove the offensive words and letters that appeared below the photos of the five boys on separate, nonsequential pages.

When strung together, the message reads ``Kill all niggers.″

The five have been suspended. The message was discovered when the yearbooks were handed out Monday, sparking outrage.

The changes, expected to cost between $6,000 and $10,000, will be paid for by private donations, said school Superintendent John Whritner.

Many students have already said they would be reluctant to turn in the yearbooks because they had already been filled with messages from their friends.

In addition to the suspensions, the five boys have been barred from attending graduation ceremonies Tuesday and from taking their final exams, a requirement for graduation.

The boys might be eligible for summer school so they can make up their exams and graduate. School officials, however, are considering expelling them.

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