New Jersey teacher suspended after pro-Trump yearbook photos alt

Calvin Saunders
June 13, 2017

Susans Parsons is listed on the school's website and her personal Linkedin page as the adviser of the yearbook and a teacher in the district for 15 years.

Berardo says he purchased $110 worth of photos of Grant in his "historic" shirt, but when they received the pictures there was no Trump slogan to be seen. "Wearing that shirt memorializes the time", he said. But in the yearbook, his photo had been digitally altered so it resembled a nondescript black T-shirt. However, when yearbooks arrived last week, Grant's shirt no longer featured the logo. None of the school administrators knew that the slogans would be erased, she added. "If you are going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big", the quote read, according to CNN. He also said this was the first election that his son had taken interest in and that the censorship sent the wrong message.

"If there was a problem, somebody could have just told my mom", Grant, whose father, Joe, serves as CEO of Concordia Care and hires Wall finance club interns, said of Tammy Berardo, who works at the school.

"It was Photoshopped", Grant said in an interview on Friday. And a quote by Trump, "I like thinking big".

Wall Township Public Schools Superintendent Cheryl Dyer told parents in a letter, according to CNN: "There is nothing in our student dress code that would prevent a student from expressing his or her political views and support for a candidate for political office via appropriate clothing".

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Alex Cortez compared the incident to one in Morristown, where a high school student's satirical drawing of Trump was taken down at a high school art show. In fact Dyer said the school administration is all for students getting involved in politics, taking part in democracy and generally making their voices heard. While he's critical of Trump's communication skills, Berardo said he supports the president's overall policies - especially cutting business regulations.

The president's polarizing nature has found yet another place for public debate, as three students at a New Jersey high school are wondering why their pro-Trump apparel and quote did not appear in their yearbook.

"It's a teaching moment for the kids - it's a constitutional violation".

It's a cliché whenever the First Amendment comes up, but writer Evelyn Beatrice Hall's words about free speech, where she paraphrased Voltaire's philosophy, are relevant here: "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it".

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