Student's Trump shirt censored in high school yearbook
Yearbook shows multiple signs of censorship
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. – A high school in New Jersey is facing accusations of censorship from some students who support President Donald Trump.
They say the school digitally removed Trump logos from their yearbook pictures.
Something's not quite right behind the scenes of the Wall Township High School yearbook.
It started with junior Wyatt Dobrovich-Gago's Donald Trump sweater vest. The logo was gone.
"I thought maybe they did something, just cropped it out and it wasn't something I should worry about, they just did it," Dobrovich-Fago said.
But then his sister, Montana, the freshman class president, was wondering whatever became of the Trump quote she submitted.
"I like thinking big, if you're going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big. By Donald Trump," said Montana Dobrovich-Fago.
The senior class's president's FDR quote made it, but Montana's was missing.
"I sent it in on time, everything was good, and it wasn't there," said Montana.
"And I'm like, well that's kind of crazy two things against Trump in a way," said Wyatt Dobrovich-Fago.
Junior Grant Berardo's picture was another omission in the yearbook.
"It's serious because it's censorship," Joe Berardo, Grant's father, said.
The school superintendent does not disagree.
"There is nothing in our student dress code," she wrote to parents, "that would prevent a student from expressing his or her political views. The high school administration does not condone any censorship. The actions of the staff involved will be addressed as soon as the investigation is concluded."
Grant's dad wants the books reprinted at the district's expense.
"It's a teaching moment for all the kids to understand that someone made a bad decision. That decision has consequences and therefore we're reissuing this because it was a violation of somebody's First Amendment rights and there was censorship. That's it," said Joe Berardo.
The students' families plan to meet with the principal this week.
The school district superintendent says neither she nor school administrators were involved in altering the photos.