[BHS Etree] ADMIN: Yearbook Recall & Response from Principal Glenchur

BHS Etree bhs at lists.lmi.net
Wed Jun 3 15:15:00 PDT 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We've met with Yearbook staff and are investigating how unedited and 
inflammatory language about AMPS appeared in the Yearbook. Staff is 
recalling all Yearbooks, replacing the text, and organizing a time to 
meet with the AMPS community next week. They are also providing a free 
revised Yearbook to each AMPS senior and will take and provide an AMPS 
community photo to them.

I appreciate the seriousness with which the Yearbook is approaching this 
issue and ask that we reserve judgement about the students and staff who 
might have been involved in this, pending further investigation.  I also 
appreciate the AMPS community and Yearbook's response to this issue and 
their willingness to participate in a restorative justice process around 
this hurt.

I know Gabe Berent is devastated by the error that has caused pain to so 
many and, though nothing can undo what was done, he and his staff are 
working very hard on a response and a process that will keep this from 
happening in the future. I have to note that, prior to Gabe's work with 
the Yearbook, an even more egregious and base level lack of editing 
existed. He and his staff have taken every immediate step they can to 
mitigate the damage.

My hope is that we can use this moment to motivate us to:  1) Manage the 
power of spoken and written public information; 2) Strengthen our 
written communication skills; 3) Learn about each others communities so 
we can overcome stereotypes and assumptions that tear at the fabric of 
the overall Berkeley High community.

We will not be distributing any more Yearbooks until the language is 


Kristin Glenchur

Interim Principal, Berkeley High School


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