Someone at Littlestown High School in Pennsylvania blurred out the MAGA hats two students were wearing for a yearbook photo.
One of the students in the picture says the move violates his First Amendment rights.
“I just think that whoever did this doesn’t like Trump,” said 16-year-old Jeremy Gebhart. Gebhart says that’s he and his friend decided to show their support for the president during Littlestown High School’s spirit week back in October.
The photo landed a spot in the yearbook with some changes. The hats embroidered with words reading “Trump: Make America Great Again” were photoshopped out.
“We were like they blurred our hats out!”said Gebhart.
“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.
“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’y allowed to take that away from other people,” said Jermey Gebhart.
“It’s very upsetting,” said his mother Lorraine Gebhart. “Someone used this on purpose to blur out that Trump logo and make their own statement,” she added.
The Gebhart’s say they have a message for whoever was behind the decision.
“You did not silence us.
School officials say an investigation is underway, but the Superintendent framed it as a mistake.
THE SUPERINTENDENT’S 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.
Christopher E. Bigger, Superintendent
IT’S NOT A MISTAKE, BUT A DELIBERATE ACT!