Teacher suspended after pro-Trump yearbook photos altered

13 June, 2017, 08:29 | Author: Courtney Perry
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The yearbook advisor at Wall Township High School has been suspended indefinitely as the district investigates why photos were edited to remove images supporting President Donald Trump, according to the district.

On the high school's website, the yearbook club's adviser is listed as Susan Parsons. The school district's superintendent has released a statement that read, "This allegation is being taken very seriously and a thorough investigation of what happened is being vigorously pursued".

He said this censorship is "insane", and he's calling for all the yearbooks to be reissued with the photos and quote intact.

Berardo said he and his wife told Grant he was allowed to wear the shirt "as long as the shirt didn't have drugs or alcohol on it was fine".

Grant, the student, is too young to vote. "Everybody gets a brand-new yearbook", raged Joseph Berardo, whose 17-year-old son, Grant, wore a Trump T-shirt on picture day last fall. She said the school district was not involved in the alleged alterations. She added that the senior class president's quote by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was included.

Berardo's father Joe Berardo Jr. previously told the News that he will not be satisfied until corrected yearbooks are reissued, and could pursue legal action if they are not.


The superintendent for Wall Township Public Schools announced Monday that an unidentified teacher had been suspended after an investigation into the censorship.

Montana had submitted the Trump quote, "I like thinking big". In fact Dyer said the school administration is all for students getting involved in politics, taking part in democracy and generally making their voices heard.

Do you believe these students' rights to free speech were violated by having their pro-Trump messages removed from their yearbook?

"I don't think there was a deep-seated plot here, but I think there's a yearbook committee and a yearbook adviser, and somewhere in the mix someone or several people made a decision to censor three students", Berardo added.

Alex Cortez compared the incident to one in Morristown, where a high school student's satirical drawing of Trump was taken down at a high school art show.

In May, a high school in North Carolina yanked more than 500 yearbooks after they were printed with the Trump-inspired quote "Build the wall" alongside an image of one of its students. "By Donald Trump", Dobrovich-Fago recalled the quote when speaking with ABC's local affiliate in NY.

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