A Pennsylvania high school apparently does not want to make America great again, especially after the school blurred out the Donald Trump hats worn by students in the school’s yearbook.
Littlestown High School student Jeremy Gebhart is crying foul after receiving his 2018-19 yearbook only to find the photo of his “Make America Great Again” hat blocked out out.
Gebhart and a friend had worn their Trump hats to the school’s patriotic day and the photo of the day ended up in the yearbook. But not ALL the photo ended up being printed as the school colored over their hats.
“We were like they blurred our hats out!” the astonished Gebhart told the media.
“I was infuriated because he wears that hat because he supports our president,” Said Lorriane Gebhart, Jermey’s mother. “He’s not doing anything illegal he’s wearing a hat of support,” he added, according to Fox 43.
“Everybody has First Amendment rights, freedom of speech and they are allowed to think what they want and say what they want but they aren’t allowed to take that away from other people,” Jermey said.
“It’s very upsetting,” Lorraine Gebhart added. “Someone used this on purpose to blur out that Trump logo and make their own statement,” she added.
Christopher E. Bigger, Superintendent of Schools, issued a statement:
“I am aware of the yearbook situation and a mistake was made. The mistake was not noticed during the editorial preview process prior to print. We apologize on behalf of the yearbook club. It is not the policy or practice of the district to improperly censor speech. Please understand we are working with young adults who are practicing to become citizens and what a better place to do so than in a school setting. We must find a way to have civil discourse around emotionally charged issues with students where the facts are understood and the opportunity to learn is available.”
“It’s ok to disagree with people’s views, but what’s not ok is taking your freedom of speech and using it to take away someone else’s,” the teen continued.
The boy and his family have one big message for the school: “You did not silence us.”
The school is still refusing to say who made the decision to blur the hats.
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