Parents are pushing back because of high school students censored in the yearbook for promoting Donald Trump.
When we hear of high school students censored for expressing ideas, we expect to hear about a school policy we don’t like or a school administrator who made a decision we disagree with. But, in this case, there was no policy for forbidding students from wearing a political message in their yearbook photos or quoting a politician in their yearbook quotations. Yet someone censored the students anyway.
KMOV in St. Louis posted this CNN story: “New Jersey high school under fire for erasing Trump slogans from yearbook.”
When Grant Berardo, a junior at Wall Township High School in Wall, New Jersey, recently opened his yearbook, he noticed something different about the T-shirt he was wearing in his school photo.
The “TRUMP: Make America Great Again” lettering on his shirt had been digitally removed.
“He was disappointed. This was the first election he has been interested in,” said Grant’s father, Joseph Berardo.
Now the school is facing accusations of censorship, and the parents of three students are looking for answers — and new yearbooks.
“I want the yearbooks to be reissued and I want a letter from the administration explaining why they are reissuing the yearbook,” Joseph Berardo said.
Before the high school’s picture day last fall, Berardo said he and his wife talked to Grant about wearing the shirt and agreed that “as long as the shirt didn’t have drugs or alcohol on it was fine.” When the Berardos got the photo proofs in November, the Trump logo was there and they approved use of the photo in the yearbook.
But when the yearbooks were released this spring, the TRUMP logo was gone. And Grant’s wasn’t the only student’s photo to be altered.
A Donald Trump logo also was missing from junior Wyatt Dobrovich-Fago’s vest. And a quote by Trump was removed from his sister Montana’s freshman class president photo.
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