Glastonbury HS student attributes Hitler quote to George Floyd in yearbook; calls for change underway

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GLASTONBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A quote by Adolf Hitler has halted the distribution of Glastonbury High School’s yearbook this year. The quote was also incorrectly attributed to George Floyd, who was killed at the hands of Minneapolis Police one year ago.

In an email to the school community, Glastonbury High School’s principal and the district’s superintendent said the quote — which appeared under a student’s photo — was submitted by a different student using a false name. They said they also uncovered an offensive quote glorifying war and an entry, which referenced the “Boston Bomber.” The district’s priority is supporting the students, who were victimized by this act.

“We deeply regret not having caught the act of bigotry and vandalism before the yearbook was printed,” wrote Glastonbury superintendent Dr. Alan Bookman and Glastonbury High School principal Dr. Nancy Bean. “We are examining and will revise our yearbook procedures for collecting and reviewing future student submissions.”

They said once these discoveries were made, they suspended yearbook distribution immediately. They’re also working closely with the yearbook publisher to send replacement pages that will be inserted into the yearbooks.

This incident has sparked outrage throughout the community. 

“It’s a terrible mistake, and I think the kids need to learn history,” said Dorothy Switalska of Glastonbury. “Maybe watch a historical movie [and] see what Hitler did.”

A group called ‘Black in Glastonbury’ released a statement on its Facebook page regarding the incident. The statement read, in part, “Glastonbury needs to wake up, call white supremacy by its name, and start taking justice seriously.”

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There have also been calls for change. 

“This anti-Semitic incident has particular pain for many in the community,” said David Waren, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford.

Waren said this incident can be turned into a teachable moment.

“They certainly underscore the importance of anti-bias education and Holocaust education,” Waren said. “This is an opportune moment for the school to re-double their effort in this regard.”

He’s imploring the community to act. 

“Whenever an incident of bigotry or bias occurs, it’s important for the institution to respond but also for good people to stand up and speak out,” explained Waren. “Particularly, people who are outside of the targeted community.”

The student responsible for this act has been identified and has received consequences in accordance with school policy. The matter has been referred to the Glastonbury police department.


Dr. Alan B. Bookman, Superintendent of Schools, and Dr. Nancy Bean, Glastonbury High School Principal, have released a statement on Wednesday.

Further investigation found one other offensive quote glorifying war in the yearbook. We are working with the yearbook publisher to send us replacement pages that will be inserted into the yearbooks. Senior class members who already had received the yearbook were asked to return them to the office for correction. All others will also receive their yearbooks with the corrected pages as soon as possible.”

The student responsible for this act has been identified and has received consequences in accordance with school policy. The matter has been referred to the Glastonbury police department.

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