A school in Littlestown, Penn. is facing heavy scrutiny after it tried to censor students who support President Trump.
Littlestown High School administration is fighting backlash after it was discovered that on two occasions images of “Make America Great Again” hats were blurred out.
School officials contend that the censorship was a “mistake” that wasn’t caught before the yearbooks went to print.
However 16-year-old Jeremy Gebhart believes it’s an attack on his First Amendment rights.
“I just think that whoever did this doesn’t like Trump,” the student shared with Fox43.
Gebhart and one of his friends wore the hats during the schools spirit week and the image made it into the schools yearbook, but with an unwelcome edit.
“We were like they blurred our hats out!” Gebhart exclaimed.
The young student showed wisdom beyond his years pointing out the injustice of the incident. “It’s ok to disagree with peoples views, but what’s not OK is taking your freedom of speech and using it to take away someone else’s,” he said. “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.”
Mother Lorraine Gebhart wasn’t pleased about the discovery either.
“I was infuriated because he wears that hat because he supports our president,” she told the station. “He’s not doing anything illegal he’s wearing a hat of support.”
Christopher E. Bigger, Superintendent of Schools, released a weak excuse addressing the matter saying, “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.”
Perhaps the yearbooks should be scraped and new one’s paid for by the school, much like what was done at Oak Park and River Forest High School when the school announced it would spend almost $54,000 to replace yearbooks because photos of students making the “OK” hand gesture where shown.