Trump reaches out to students for fighting yearbook censorship

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The White House has responded to the scandal over censorship of Trump clothing and quotes from President Trump in a New Jersey high school yearbook.

The president and his campaign director thanked Wall High School students Montana and Wyatt Dobrovich-Fago, who reported that a Trump quote and a logo featuring Trump’s name were moved from their class yearbooks.

In a post on Facebook, Trump wrote, “Thank you Wyatt and Montana — two young Americans who aren’t afraid to stand up for what they believe in. Our movement to #MAGA is working because of great people like you!”

Along with a gift of Trump shirts, hats, pins and patches, executive director of the Trump campaign Michael Glassner sent a letter to the students, commending them for “voicing their support” for the president.

“It is more important than ever that we, as Americans, stand up for our beliefs and hopes for a better country,” Glassner wrote. “And, as you know, it takes courage to do so. But freedom of expression should never go out of style — let’s not forget that!”

On Wall High School’s picture day, Wyatt, a junior, wore a sweater vest emblazoned with a Trump campaign logo. But in the yearbook, his picture was cropped and the logo was barely visible. Superintendent Cheryl Dyer ruled that the edit was not intentional.

Wyatt’s sister, Montana, the freshman class president at Wall High, selected a quote from Trump to run alongside her yearbook photo: “I like thinking big. If you are going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big,” Trump’s quote read.

Class presidents at Wall High have been traditionally allowed to select a quote for publication in the yearbook. Montana submitted her quote prior to the deadline and it is unclear whether it was purposely excluded, Dyer said last week.

Another Wall High junior, Grant Berardo, had his picture digitally edited before it was published in the yearbook. Instead of the navy blue Trump campaign shirt he wore on picture day, his yearbook photo featured a plain black T-shirt. Dyer ruled that the edit was an “intentional” alteration.

On Tuesday, the school board voted to formalize the suspension of digital media teacher Susan Parsons, who was suspended last week through the end of the school year.

According to a USA Today report, “Parsons, 62, was included on a list of re-hired teachers for the 2017-18 school year with a $92,000 salary, but that list was finalized before the yearbook censorship came to light.”

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