Outside of Bonita High School in La Verne, Calif.
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The police and the parents in California were reportedly furious after students of a high school magazine published cartoons depicting President Donald Trump as a Nazi officer wearing KKK garb while aiming a gun at a black child.
“The Pawprint,” a student publication in the prestigious Bonita High in LaVerne, featured two provocative cartoons that were apparently pulled from Google Images, Fox Los Angeles reported.
A drawing shows a swastika hidden under Trump’s hair. Another shows a uniformed policeman in a white hood pointing a gun at a baby-faced black kid with a bag of skittles, in a clear reference to Trayvon Martin, the teenager who bought the candy, before they are shot to death by George Zimmerman in 2012.
La Verne Police were outraged at the cartoons and some of the parents also objected, according to Fox in Los Angeles. The article with the images has since been pulled, both online and on campus.
The author of the piece was allegedly making a larger point about the usefulness of a work of art to broach controversial topics, but on social media, parents expressed their concerns about the tone and message of the cartoons.
“My son is beyond excited to be a bearcat next year, but this makes me wonder if we made the right choice,” Jacqueline DeMonaco Bradley wrote in a Facebook comment, referring to the mascot at Bonita High.
Don Kendrick, mayor of La Verne also said that the article was the result of a “very bad decision” by one teacher, to the station
In a statement, the school district distanced itself from the cartoons.
“There is a California Education Code that affirms the First Amendment rights of student newspapers,” Carl Coles, the interim director of the Bonita School District, said in the statement. “The student journalist of the article do not represent the views of Bonita High School or the District.”
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