A New Jersey high school will issue new yearbooks after pro-Trump slogans and logos were removed from photos that some students submitted.
The new yearbooks at Wall Township High School in Wall, New Jersey — with the original, unaltered photos — will be available for students to pick up in about two weeks, Cheryl Dyer, the superintendent of Wall Township schools, said in a letter to students and parents.
The shirt of one student, Grant Berardo, was digitally altered to remove the “TRUMP: Make America Great Again” lettering on his shirt. In a letter to students and parents on Thursday, Dyer said the words were removed intentionally.
“I cannot allow the intentional change that was not based on dress code to be ignored,” Dyer said, “and I take responsibility for the actions of those who are employed here.”
A Donald Trump logo also was missing from junior Wyatt Dobrovich-Fago’s vest. Dyer said this was not done intentionally and occurred when the original photo was resized for the yearbook.
Dyer said neither she nor the school’s administrators were involved in the alteration of the photos.
Also a quote by President Trump was removed from Wyatt’s sister Montana’s freshman class president photo. Montana had submitted the Trump quote, “I like thinking big. If you are going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big,” to appear underneath her photo. It was unclear if the quote removal was intentional or an accident, Dyer said.
The superintendent said she was disturbed by what happened and felt that re-issuing the yearbooks was the best solution. She apologized for the mistakes, both intentional and unintentional, and promised to institute a system of checks and balances to make sure such issues don’t happen again in future yearbooks.
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SOURCE: CNN, Doug Criss and Ellie Kaufman