Midland Valley High yearbook controversy

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 at 11, June 6, 2007

Augusta, Ga. --- It all started with three fake ads in the Midland Valley High School yearbook. Graduating Senior Jakob Moseley says at first he saw the three students initials and quote "I Hate Yearbook" on the ad and just thought it was a prank.

"But then I found out, "yearbook blows and burn school" and that they weren't getting punished for it and that upset me," Graduating Senior, Jakob Moseley said.

Upset over the fake ads and hidden messages like "Buy Umbrella's Right Now! So Come and Hurry. Order On-Line!" Take the first letter of every word and you get "burn school".

"It's probably a prank that went wrong," Tony Nappier said.

An attorney representing the three students involved in the prank says they were were suspended for five days but an advisory council allowed them to walk at graduation.

"Did not mean any harm. It was just a joke. And some people took it too seriously," Attorney Chuck Jones said.

Valedictorian Ashley Videtto, one of the three students involved in the yearbook prank. Videtto was asked to apologize during his graduation speech.

"I would like to apologize, on behalf of the yearbook officers, to anyone offended by this year's annual. It is a mistake that we deeply regret," Valedictorian, Ashley Videtto said.

But did the three students get special treatment? Some fellow grads say it's all unfair.

"Because of who they were. I mean if it would've been me or any of my friends, we probably would've been expelled or put in jail for threatening the school," Moseley said.

He says he doesn't think the messages or slogans were a real threat to the school, but the fake ads didn't belong in their book full of memories.

"It upsets me. It really does. If I could walk out during his speech and still graduate, get my diploma, I would do it," Moseley said.

The attorney, Chuck Jones said those three student editors were told by an advisor to fill space in the Midland Valley Yearbook with fake ads. And he isn't sure if the advisor checked the ads before they were printed.


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  • by MVHS Student Location: MVHS on Feb 19, 2009 at 11:24 AM
    lets face it, those of you who actually thought they really were planning on carring out the actions said are more ignorant than your comments make you sound. It was a joke that was taken a little to far, and don't act like you have not participated in something of the same sort. The media streches it to make it sound worse than it actually is. Im tired of people making crude comments about the incident based off of hear say with no proper information. Also the media pins almost all of the blame on Ashley when he was the least involved out of the three. He gets bashed more because he is Valedictorian. One mistake should not prevent a kid who put years of effort and hard work into becoming Valedictorian from graduating. The punishment was enough and no more harm should have been done to these kids.
  • by Bronson Location: Bath on Jan 7, 2009 at 09:03 AM
    GO MUSTANGS!!!!!!!!!
  • by MARIE Location: WARRENVILLE on Jun 12, 2008 at 06:15 AM
    I TALKED TO ONE OF THE PARENTS AT THE GRADUATION AND THE APOLOGY DID NOT SEEM GENIUNE I WAS TOLD. JUST ANOTHER SLAP IN THE FACE OF THE VALLEY PEOPLE. AND THE KIDS ARE RIGHT LET IT BE SOMEONE ELSE AND THE PUNISHMENT WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT.AND TO ADD TO THAT A CROOKED LAWYER. ONE THAT HAS BEEN FIRED FROM JOBS FOR EMBELZEMENT, AND THEFT, HEY LET'S CHECK HIM OUT TO.JUST GOES TO SHOW THREATHEN A LAW SUIT AND THE SCHOOL BACKS DOWN. WHAT DOES THE HANDBOOK SAY O TOLERANCE, GUESS BURN SCHOOL WAS NOT A THREAT, AND THE TEACHER NEEDS TO BE DISCIPLINED AS WELL.
  • by Nicole Location: Queens, NY on Jun 10, 2008 at 08:24 AM
    I think that there should be a harsher punishment for the students involved. It was a bad joke that they were all smart enough not to do. I have worked on a yearbook staff and had to do fake ads, there are other ways that could be done. If the teacher approved the ad, the proper actions should be taken against him as well.
  • by dustin Location: warrenville on Jun 7, 2008 at 09:45 PM
    everyone got over excied with this it was merely a senoir prank i didnt get offended by it because i took it for what it was a joke i go to mv and for people to think that they should of lost their right to walk and recieve their diplomas your messed up in the head ashley worked hard twelve years of school and people wanted to ruin it for him over one prank that was ridiculous
  • by annoyed Location: aiken on Jun 6, 2008 at 11:00 PM
    I never would have thought Jakob had a brain. but I agree with him. We had 2 students who couldn't walk because they cam into school and LOOKED high. One guy was was still able to walk even after he apparently threw a turtle into a school bonfire. Any other school would have taken it seriously and kicked the kids out flat on their (censored) and not gave a crap about how high his stupid GPA was. He must have cheated on everything because there's no way someone "so smart" couldn't have known better than to go THAT far with the joke. And if your kid is the idiot that screws up like that you have no right to even consider suing a school when his only real punishment was supposed to be being suspended and not being able to walk rather than getting kicked out like anyone else would have been. The only reason why I even choose to do my final year at midland valley is because I have friends there but it's almost not worth the trouble.Next year we don't get events we already paid for
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