That is what happened to students at a Wall Township High School. In what can only be referred to as a violation of the First Amendment, students had their “Trump” logo shirts edited out of their yearbook photos. A quote from President Trump, submitted by the freshman class president, was also not included despite the fact it was submitted it on-time.
Junior, Grant Berardo, said he was “disappointed” to see the “Make America Great Again” text on his shirt had been digitally altered. The student noted that the proof of the photo, sent out back in November, was correct. “He was disappointed. This was the first election he has been interested in,” Berardo’s father said.
A Trump logo was also missing from junior Wyatt Dobrovich-Fago’s vest. And a quote by Trump, “I like thinking big. If you are going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big,” was missing from his sister Montana’s freshman class president photo. There were no rules in place that prohibited political shirts or statements in the yearbook.
Needless to say, the parents and the students are demanding an apology from the school and they want the yearbooks reprinted at the school’s expense. Wall Township Public Schools Superintendent, Cheryl Dyer, sent out a letter to parents confirming that the situation was being investigated.
“The high school administration was not aware of and does not condone any censorship of political views on the part of our students. This includes statements that they might make or clothing with references to candidates for public office that they might wear.”
Thankfully, her investigation yielded quick results and a teacher at the school has now been suspended for her actions. Also, further “disciplinary action is pending.”