It appears simply wearing a piece of clothing with the President of the United State’s name on it for a class picture is now grounds to have the photo altered, as reports have emerged of a teacher at a New Jersey school removing Trump’s campaign logos from student’s shirts in the yearbook.
A yearbook advisor has been suspended at Wall Township High School in New Jersey for a “possible violation of First Amendment rights”, the superintendent, Cheryl Dyer, stated
“This allegation is being taken very seriously and a thorough investigation of what happened is being vigorously pursued,” Dyer said in a statement posted online.
Two juniors who had their pictures taken for the yearbook at Wall Township High School, Grant Berardo and Wyatt Dobrovich-Fago, both wore Trump-branded attire for their photos. However, when the yearbooks were released, the Trump logos were mysteriously removed out of their clothing, leaving them wearing just plain colored shirts instead.
The parent’s of the student’s reported their disappointment in an interview with CNN, and have requested that the yearbooks be reissued with the unaltered pictures at the school’s expense.
The lettering on the shirt Berardo wore for his photo — “TRUMP Make America Great Again!” — appears to have been digitally scrubbed in the print version of the yearbook.
“He was disappointed,” Grant’s father, Joseph Berardo, told CNN. “This was the first election he was interested in.”
Similarly, the Trump logo on the vest Dobrovich-Fago wore for his photo appears to have been removed.
“I want to know who thought it was okay to do this,” Wyatt’s mother, Janet Dobrovich-Fago, told CNN.
Not only was any mention of Trump removed from the student’s clothing, but Wyatt Dobrovich-Fago’s sister had a Trump quote removed from alongside her picture in the yearbook, yet another student quoted President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and their quote remained.
Wyatt’s sister, Montana, the freshman class president, was also affected by the alleged censorship, according to CNN. She had submitted a paraphrased Trump quote — “I like thinking big. If you are going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big” — to appear alongside her yearbook photo. The quote was not published.
In her statement, Dyer said there is “nothing” in the school’s dress code that would “prevent a student from expressing his or her political views, or support for a political figure, via appropriate clothing and attire.”
“Indeed,” Dyer went on to say, “the administration applauds students for becoming involved in politics, making their voices known, and taking an active part in our democracy.”
It was not clear why or how the changes were made. The suspended teacher has not been identified.
Joseph Berardo wants the school to reissue the yearbook, he told CNN.
“There is an opportunity to use this as a teaching moment for the kids, and for the teachers as well,” he told CNN. “This is a First Amendment, freedom of speech issue.”
True to form, radical leftists seek to suppress any form of free speech that they find offensive, or simply disagree with, and ultimately remove it from history altogether. Pictures are altered, books are removed from libraries and peaceful demonstrators are attacked with makeshift weapons for daring to express an opinion that the far-left does not approve of.
These yearbook photos being altered because they featured the name of America’s 45th president, Donald Trump, is simply another example of the intolerance of the left, and it will not be the last.