New Jersey School District Provides Official Statement On Alteration Of Yearbook Photos To Omit Donald Trump, Yearbook Advisor Suspended
Yesterday, a report came out in the New York Post that detailed how a student at Wall High School in New Jersey who wore a Make America Great Again (MAGA) shirt supporting President Donald Trump for their yearbook photo found the final image that appeared in the yearbook to be photoshopped so that the shirt omitted MAGA and anything Trump related. The report also detailed how something similar happened to another student, as well as a student who used a Trump quote finding it omitted.
We reached out to the Superintendent of Schools, Cheryl Dyer, for her statement on the matter.
Here is the statement we received:
“Our investigation into the alteration of photos and the omission of text in the 2016-2017 yearbook is continuing. At this time, the Board of Education president authorized me to suspend the yearbook advisor. I cannot comment any further on personnel matters at this time. We are also actively pursuing options to correct the issue from the student and parent perspective.
As I have said in previous statements and in my statement on the website:
First, there is nothing in Wall Township High School’s student dress code that would prevent a student from expressing his or her political views, or support for a political figure, via appropriate clothing and attire. Indeed, the administration applauds students for becoming involved in politics, making their voices known, and taking an active part in our democracy.
Second, the administration of Wall High School was not aware of and does not condone any censorship of political views on the part of our students. This includes statements that students might make, or clothing that advocates for specific political views, candidates, or public officials. Our dress code does, however, prohibit references to illegal activity such as the use of drugs, alcohol or weapons.
Third, the administration and staff of the Wall Township Public Schools strongly value the principles of free speech and inquiry in our schools and society, viewing them as the bedrock upon which our community and educational system is built. The allegations referenced above are disturbing, and any inappropriate challenge to these principles will be rectified as swiftly and thoroughly as possible. The actions of the staff involved will be addressed as soon as the investigation is concluded.”
We will keep you updated if any further details arise, and appreciate the Superintendent responding to our request for comment.
[Photo credit: Grant Berardo].