‘Disrespectful,’ ‘racist’ cartoon in La Jolla High newspaper draws ire

An editorial cartoon that ran in the La Jolla High School student newspaper is drawing criticism for depicting offensive stereotypes. The cartoon was featured in the Jan. 23 issue of the Hi-Tide monthly newspaper, which was approved for publication by Principal Charles Podhorsky.

Two weeks after the issue was published, Podhorsky issued a statement calling the cartoon (created by the paper’s cartoon editor) “an error in judgment and a breach of all the values we hold dear.”

The illustration depicts nine people wearing hooded sweatshirts with different stereotypes on them. One reads “Kool Kids Klub,” another shows a Mexican man wearing a “#1 (Juan) Cool Beans” sweatshirt,...