In a clear violation of his first amendment rights, a Georgia boy was forced to change his t-shirt sporting the words “Fake News Network” while on a field trip to the CNN Center in Atlanta.
Nancy and Stan Jester, the Jaxon’s parents, are both elected officials in Dekalb County. When they heard that their son was forced to changed his shirt in order to not offend anyone, they were outraged.
I would be too!
According to Fox News, Jaxon was asked to take the shirt off by a teacher before the tour began. The school has apologized to the family, however, the Jesters want the school to apologize to Jaxon. It was in violation of his right to free speech.
Stan Jester said, “This year when the CNN tour was announced, my 7th grade son Jaxon asked me if he could purchase an FNN-Fake News Network shirt to wear for his field trip. As an advocate for the First Amendment, I agreed to his request.”
“His mother cautioned him that he might cause a controversy and needed to be prepared for that. He was fully aware of the implications of his decision and made the affirmative choice to wear his shirt,” he continued.
“Some students are celebrated when they make a controversial display during the National Anthem. My student was forced to remove his shirt because someone didn’t like it. I defend speech and expression, even if I disagree, or it makes me uncomfortable,” and added that he is “disappointed by the hypocrisy.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Maureen Downey wrote a column asking, “Was a Dekalb board member wrong to allow son to wear insulting T-shirt to CNN tour?”
At the end of her column, Downey declared that, “As a parent who has chaperoned a lot of field trips, I would avoid sending my child off with an attitude or attire that could create problems not only for teachers, but parent chaperones, most of whom take off work to give their time.”
CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker has seemingly implemented an anti-President Trump programming strategy at the network that was once known for Ted Turner’s bare bones “just-the-facts” approach to journalism. As a result, Trump refers to CNN as “fake news” on a regular basis and mocked the network on Twitter as recently as Wednesday.
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