Prestigious private school recalls yearbooks after student adds Nazi quote to his photo

A private school in Las Vegas has recalled its yearbooks after staff discovered that a student entered a quote in its pages that originated from the founder of the American Nazi Party, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Meadows School, located in Summerlin, featured a photo of a student with a quote: “Being prepared to die is one of the great secrets of living.”

Although the origin of the quote was marked “anonymous,” it was flagged as taken from a 1966 interview that George Lincoln Rockwell, an American white supremacist, gave to “Roots” author Alex Haley.

In another response on the student’s page, the question was asked, “How can I influence others?” to which the student replied, “Take control of a country.”

“We are collecting our yearbooks due to a quote that was included with an anonymous attribution that runs counter to our school’s core values,” Meadows School spokesperson Lauren Walker wrote in an email Thursday. “We are taking this very seriously, and cannot provide further details until our investigation is complete.”

“It is our job to help our students navigate what is morally right and wrong, and we have let not only our student-led yearbook staff down but our community as a whole,” the statement read.

The student has since been booted from the school.

As the Review-Journal points out, Rockwell was known for inflaming controversy on college campuses in the 1960s. He led a violent counterprotest to Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago and targeted the Freedom Riders with harassment. He was assassinated by a former member of his own party in 1967.

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