The Hoboken City Council approved a resolution asking High Tech High School to replace a controversial yearbook page that included a quote some felt was code for “Heil Hitler,” although an internal investigation determined otherwise.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“The City Council of the City of Hoboken encourages HCST to reconsider its decision to address the community’s complaints about the Yearbook to solely offer refunds to each purchaser,” begins the resolution, sponsored by Council members Phil Cohen and Emily Jabbour.
“[We] encourage HCST to produce and send to each purchaser of the HTHS 2020 yearbook a replacement the page substituting the symbol ’88’ with language such as ’88th Street Park’ to accurately reflect the intention of the student and to remove the symbol from the Yearbook.”
Last month, an online student petition, which has since exceeded 1,100 signatures, called for an apology and a replacement page after one senior’s yearbook quote was “88,” which the Anti-Defamation League says “is a white supremacist numerical code for ‘Heil Hitler.’”
Afterwards, the Hudson County Schools of Technology publicized that there was a legal review into the matter, which eventually concluded that the quote was a reference to 88th Street Park in North Bergen and had no nefarious intentions.
While the administration offered a yearbook refund for students who opt to return their copy, some are still calling for a replacement page and an apology.
“People understand that the pain this thing has caused is real and this would be a really good way for the school to address it,” 5th Ward Councilman Phil Cohen told HCV.
The non-binding resolution was approved unanimously (9-0).