A public apology has been issued for a Sprayberry High School student newspaper article that gave reasons why President Obama should not be re-elected:
Those reasons included his race and referred to him as a “Nazi.”
Some parents and community members found the “Top 20” list to be offensive. Student leaders of “The Stinger,” which published the article, said the list was meant as a joke. It appeared in the “April Fool’s” section of the paper, which is known as “The Zinger.”
An unsigned apology is posted on the school’s website:
“In regards to the Obama article, we would like to say that the article was meant as a piece of satire. The article … was meant to be a comedic take on the media’s comments on the President. Satire is the use of humor, irony or exaggeration to poke fun at certain parts of society. We realize that this did not come off as we intended, and we sincerely apologize for offending anyone.”
The author of the article was listed as “Uncle Sam American Extraordinaire.” The top four reasons on the list for not re-electing Obama were:
“1. He’s black. 2. He’s half white. 3. He’s a socialist. 4. He’s a Nazi.”
Some who read the list, didn’t get the joke. The story went viral on Twitter and Facebook.
Parents who saw it began calling Cobb County school administrators.
An apology was soon posted on Sprayberry’s website and read during the morning announcements explaining the lapse in judgment.
Jay Dillon, spokesman for Cobb County Schools said student newspaper leaders sent out a video message apologizing for the “poor attempt at humor.”
Still, some parents say that the edition should have never made it past the faculty adviser or administrators.
“Poor attempt at humor”? Womp. Womp.