A New Jersey high school teacher has been suspended after pro-President Trump messages were Photoshopped and edited out of the school’s official yearbook.
Wall Township Public Schools Superintendent Cheryl Dyer said Monday that a teacher had been suspended “pending further disciplinary action” over the reported anti-Trump censorship at Wall Township High School, the Asbury Park Press reported.
The action comes after three students reported that their pro-Trump messages were censored by school officials. Grant Berardo, a junior, said a campaign slogan reading, “TRUMP: Make America Great Again,” was digitally editied from the shirt he wore in his class portrait.
“It was Photoshopped,” Grant told the Asbury Park Press. “I sent it to my mom and dad, just like, ‘You won’t believe this.’ I was just overall disappointed.”
A photo of Wyatt Debrovich-Fago, a junior, was cropped so that the Trump campaign logo on his sweater vest wasn’t visible, CNN reported. Wyatt’s sister, Montana, was also left without an accompanying quote for her photo as class president when her quote from Mr. Trump didn’t make it to print.
“I want to know who thought it was OK to do this,” their mother, Janet Dobrovich-Fago, told CNN. “I want the school to seek disciplinary action and to be held accountable.”
Ms. Dyer said the high school administration does not condone “any censorship of political views on the part of our students.”
In a statement Sunday night, Wall school board President Allison Connolly said the board “found the allegations of wrongdoing disturbing and take the charge that students have had their free speech rights infringed upon very seriously,” the Asbury Park Press reported.
Ms. Dyer did not name the suspended teacher, but the school’s yearbook instructor is listed as Susan Parsons. Ms. Parsons told the New York Post: “We have never made any action against any political party.”
When asked if she knew who censored the messages, she said, “I’m going to hang up,” the Post reported.
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