Politics

School Edits Trump Logos Off Yearbook (Photos)

| by Jonathan Constante

A New Jersey superintendent is looking into whether a high school violated First Amendment rights by censoring mentions of President Donald Trump in their yearbook.

When freshman class president Montana Dobrovich-Fago received her yearbook, she noticed that her quote was missing, WABC reported. She used a quote by Trump that read: "I like thinking big, if you're going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big."

Montano said she submitted the quote on time, but it still wasn't included. She added that the senior class president's quote by former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was included.

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On picture day, Montana's older brother, Wyatt, wore a sweater vest that had a Trump logo on it. When he got his yearbook, he noticed that the logo had been edited out of the picture.

"That's kind of crazy, two things against Trump in a way," Wyatt, who is a junior, told WABC.

"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," Janet Dobrovich-Fago, Wyatt and Montana's mother, told NJ.com. "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."

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Grant Berardo, another junior, wore a navy blue "Make America Great Again" t-shirt, which was also cropped out in the yearbook. The logo was reportedly completely blacked out.

Grant's father, Joseph Berardo, told the New York Post they made sure there were no dress code restrictions before his son wore the shirt.

"It was the first election he took an interest in, and it was an interesting way to memorialize it," Joseph told the New York Post.

Joseph is now asking for an apology and for the yearbooks to be reissued.

"The fact that the committee found it okay to censor the president's name or anything that wasn't offensive is just wrong," he told the Post.

Wall Township High School superintendent Cheryl Dyer has since issued a statement, confirming that she is investigating the matter.

"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," Dyer 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."

Sources: WABC , NJ.com, New York Post / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/FlickrNew York Post

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