A New Jersey high school has censored out mentions of Donald Trump in their yearbook and now the school is investigating the ‘possible violation of First Amendment rights’.
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One student at Wall Township High School in New Jersey had submitted a Donald Trump quote that wasn’t included with her picture. Two others had Trump logos on their clothes either cropped or edited out of their pictures.
Now those students’ parents are calling for the yearbooks to be re-issued and the school superintendent Cheryl Dyer has said she is looking into ‘an allegation of censorship and the possible violation of First Amendment rights’, according to NJ.com.
Montana Dobrovich-Fago, the freshman class president, had submitted a Donald Trump quote to go beneath her picture.
But when she got her yearbook on Wednesday, the quote wasn’t there, even though the other class presidents were included, even the senior class president’s quote by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Trump shirt apparently photoshopped out of high school yearbook:
She told WABC her submitted quote was: ‘I like thinking big, if you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big. By Donald Trump.’
Montana says she submitted the quote on time, but it still didn’t show up. Her brother Wyatt, a junior, wore a sweater vest with a Trump logo to picture day, but when he got his yearbook, the small logo had been cropped out.
At first he thought it wasn’t anything to worry about, but when he found out his sister’s quote hadn’t been included, he told WABC he thought: ‘That’s kind of crazy, two things against Trump in a way.’
Another junior, Grant Berardo wore a navy blue Make America Great Again t-shirt with a much larger logo to picture day. When he got his yearbook, the logo had been completely blacked out, even though plenty of other students’ logos were not.
Grant’s father, Joseph Berardo, said they made sure there were no dress code restrictions before the junior wore his shirt.
‘It was the first election he took an interest in, and it was an interesting way to memorialize it,’ Berardo told the New York Post. ‘I thought it was pretty cool that this guy was running for president,’ Grant told NJ.com, speaking about Trump.
Now Berardo is calling for an apology and for the yearbooks to be reissued.
‘The fact that the committee found it OK to censor the president’s name or anything that wasn’t offensive is just wrong,’ Berardo told the Post.
Janet Dobrovich-Fago, Wyatt and Montana’s mother told NJ.com: ‘We’re very angry. When we saw that Montana’s quote dropped out, we thought it was a mistake because all the other class presidents’ quotes were still there.
‘But when we saw that Wyatt’s shirt was photoshopped and we heard about Grant, I knew this was not a coincidence. This was purposeful and it’s wrong.’
After the parents reported the incidents to the school, Wall Township High School superintendent Cheryl Dyer said she is investigating the allegations.
‘There is nothing in our student dress code that would prevent a student from expressing his or her political views and support for a candidate for political office via appropriate clothing,’ she said in a letter.
‘Rather, I applaud students for becoming involved in politics and for participation in our democratic society.
‘The high school administration was not aware of and does not condone any censorship of political views on the part of our students … The actions of the staff involved will be addressed as soon as the investigation is concluded.’ source