During the campaign, Donald Trump promised to end political correctness on college campuses. He might want to add high school campuses, too.
According to a report from WABC, the Wall Township High School in New Jersey censored a number of Trump t-shirts and slogans in its annual yearbook. This dismayed many Trump supporting students who were eager to show pride in the president.
Wyatt Dobrovich-Fago, a junior student, noticed that the Donald Trump logo on sweater vest that he was wearing when his photo was taken was gone.
“Maybe they just cropped it out and it wasn’t something I should worry about, they just did it,” Wyatt told WABC.
However, it also happened to his younger sister, Montana, the freshman class president, who inserted a quote from Donald Trump as her yearbook quote.
“I like thinking big, if you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big. By Donald Trump,” Montana recalled.
Montana noted that the senior class president’s quote from Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt made it into the yearbook, however, hers did not.
“I sent it in on time, everything was good, and it wasn’t there,” Montana said.
A third student, Grant Berardo, couldn’t vote for Trump in November, but wore a navy blue “Make America Great Again” shirt. The logo was edited out as well.
“I sent it to my mom and dad, just like, ‘You won’t believe this.’ I was just overall disappointed,” Grant said to Asbury Park Press. “I like Trump, but it’s history too. Wearing that shirt memorializes the time.”
Grant’s father, Joe Berardo, accused the school of censorship and demanded a reprint.
“I want all the yearbooks reissued. Everybody gets a brand-new yearbook,” Berardo told the New York Post. “And I want a letter from the administration explaining why the yearbooks are being reissued, and it should be used as a teaching moment related to the First Amendment in civil discourse.”
Berardo noted that he saw Obama as well as Reagan-Bush shirts in previous yearbooks that weren’t censored, and was deeply disappointed that the yearbook committee decided to make a political stand now.
“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 decided to censor three students,” Berardo said. “The fact that the committee found it OK to censor the president’s name or anything that wasn’t offensive is just wrong.”
Cheryl Dyer, the school’s superintendent who is currently investigating the matter, is perplexed as well. She wrote to parents saying that wearing a Trump-themed garment doesn’t violate any dress code.
“The allegations are disturbing, and any inappropriate challenge to these principles will be rectified as swiftly and thoroughly as possible,” Dyer told New Jersey 101.5 in an email, noting that it’s reasonable to assume that pages are edited before the administration is able to view them. “Indeed, the administration applauds students for becoming involved in politics, making their voices known, and taking an active part in our democracy.”