Yearbook controversy over this quote: "When the red river is a'flowin, take the dirt road home"

As you can see, the slogan for Cherokee Trail High School's 2013 yearbook is "Reflections: Aspire to Inspire." But one student's inspirational phrase, which accompanied his photo in the printed edition, has put administrators in freak-out mode, with staffers required to black it out.

What's the quote? Awkwardly, the TV station that first reported the story leaves the line out of coverage even though it contains no profanities. It reads, "When the red river is a'flowin, take the dirt road home."

Don't feel bad if you can't instantly decode the meaning of this bon mot. According to Cherry Creek School District spokeswoman Tustin Amole -- the person who had to comment about the story of Overland High math teacher Carly McKinney, aka CarlyCrunkBear, who was placed on leave over racy Twitter posts (she's no longer employed at the school) -- the teacher in charge of approving the words of wisdom graduating seniors ask to be placed beneath their senior pics didn't understand it, either.

Fortunately, the Urban Dictionary's got your back. Its definition reads: "Having Anal Intercourse while a girl is on her period."

If that doesn't paint a vivid enough picture, dialogue showing how to use the phrase in conversation should. Here's the exchange:

Joe: I really wanna fuck Joanna, but she's on her period

Fred:Well, you know what they say, when the red rivers flowing, take the dirt road home.

Joe: I better bring lube.

No such helpful examples are featured in the report by CBS4. In its coverage, the station merely refers to the sentence as unfit for airing. Additionally, the package omits the name of the student in question, and we're going to follow suit -- although you can figure it out by watching the station's clip, which includes a shot of his photo with his name beneath it.

CBS4 doesn't detail how the meaning of the quote was discerned, but judging by Twitter traffic, it began to get around on Monday, with one person declaring, "that's sexy as hell. I love this years yearbook now haha."

The student who wrote the line also weighed in via Twitter, noting in a tweet referenced by CBS4 that he had to explain the line to his mom. He added that punishment could include not being allowed to walk in his graduation ceremony, slated for Saturday, and possible weekend detention.

Amole declined to confirm or deny these penalties, and the student's Twitter account is down at this writing. However, plenty of his fellow Cherokee Trailers are weighing in, with one person tweeting, "It's the freaking yearbook's fault for not catching it," and another writing, "Okay this...thing is getting out of hand. Its only a fucking quote in a shitty yearbook. If he doesn't walk cuz of this I'll be pissed."

Some other sample Twitter reactions:

Let's be honest, the yearbook sucked ass. [He] made it a billion times better.

Yearbook kids aren't the ones threatening to not let [him] walk at graduation -- administration is.

honestly I think is hilarious. year book get the fuck over it. cbs news its not that big.

Maybe not in this person's mind. But the supervisors at Cherokee Trail are requiring yearbook staffers to use Sharpies to blot out the quote in all yearbooks that haven't yet been distributed, prompting one person to tweet, "I need people to sign my Limited Edition...Yearbook! It is one of few still with his quote ;)."

Here's the CBS4 report:

More from our Education archive: "Carly McKinney, aka CarlyCrunkBear, 'no longer employed' by school district."

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