Students Discover Yearbook Is Missing Select Political Slogans
Teacher suspended after Trump gear is altered in photos
By Gina Carey,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2017 5:57 PM CDT
A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wears a sticker and a Trump t-shirt during a rally.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

(Newser) – Students at a New Jersey high school are crying censorship after noticing something significant was missing from their yearbook photos: Trump slogans. According to Asbury Park Press, a teacher and yearbook club adviser at New Jersey’s Wall High School has been suspended after someone allegedly retouched students’ photos to remove Trump paraphernalia from students’ clothing; the school board is considering "further disciplinary action.” The New York Post reports two students found slogans and logos digitally removed from their clothing while another claims a Trump quote wasn’t included in her yearbook entry. Joseph Berardo, the father of one of those students, says he made sure there were no dress code rules forbidding his son from wearing a political shirt before picture day, also noting that other students are seen wearing sports paraphernalia and band logos throughout the yearbook.

“I want the yearbooks to be reissued and I want a letter from the administration explaining why the yearbooks are being reissued,” says Berardo, per CNN. “And it should be used as a teaching moment related to the First Amendment in civil discourse.” (Composite photos of one student's original and altered shirt can be seen on Twitter.) The superintendent did not identify the teacher in question, but Asbury Park Press dug up the name of the yearbook club’s adviser, Susan Parsons, from the school’s website. The Post reports Berardo will meet with the school principal and Parsons, who said in a phone call, “We have never made any action against any political party,” and added that she was "going to hang up” when she was asked who edited the images. The district superintendent has confirmed political messages are not a violation of school dress code and should not have been scrubbed from the yearbook.

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