Parents in Wall Township, New Jersey, are furious after someone at Wall High School apparently Photoshopped their children’s supported for Trump right out of the yearbook.
The controversy erupted this week when students came home with their school yearbooks and parents like Joe Berardo found their children’s pro-Trump merchandise had been erased. As reported in the New York Post, Gerardo had purchased over $100 worth of Trump material for his son Grant, a junior at the high school, to wear in celebration of his support of the 45the president of the United States. “It was the first election he took an interest in,” Gerardo told the Post.
Other students’ support of making America great again were also exorcised from the school yearbook. Junior Wyatt Dobrovich-Fago wore a “Trump” sweater vest that started the call to arms in the first place. “I thought maybe they just cropped it out or something that I shouldn’t worry about,” Dobrovich-Fago told WABC. “But, in fact, his sister Montana noticed that the Donald Trump quote she submitted to the yearbook had also been removed.
Joe Gerardo pointed to plenty of other slogan T-shirts on display in the yearbook, including the New Jersey Devils and a vintage Reagan-Bush shirt in a candid shot. Parents and students have complained that no policy or set of guidelines was released before the pictures were taken. Wall High School representatives have not copped to who made the call to erase the Trump slogans. However the school superintendent Cheryl Dyer has commented in support of the bewildered parents, stating “There is nothing in our student dress code that would prevent a student from expressing his or her political views,” she wrote in a message to parents. “The actions of the staff involved will be addressed as soon as the investigation is concluded.”
“Somebody made a bad decision,” says Joe Gerardo. “And that decision has consequences.” Gerardo and other parents are calling for the yearbook to be reprinted — slogans and quotes intact — at the school’s expense.
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