A teacher in New Jersey has been suspended after she censored President Trump’s pictures and quotes out of the school yearbook. According to USA Today, three students from Wall High School wore quotes supporting President Trump on their shirts, but a yearbook adviser and the teacher edited them out.
The teacher’s names is Susan Parson, and she has been placed on suspension following the incident. Parson was listed as the yearbook advisor on the school’s website. Superintendent Cheryl Dyer refused to identify the teacher but did say label her as the yearbook adviser and said the teacher was “pending further disciplinary action” via the school board. Dyer went on to say she didn’t have any “definitive answers” surrounding the entire situation but noted that she knew enough to take action towards the teacher.
The Asbury Park Press reported that the school’s website listed the yearbook’s club adviser as Susan Parsons. While this can’t be a confirmation on the suspended teacher, the facts line up to make a fair assumption. Parsons has worked for the district for 15 years and boasts photo editing as a skill on the school website.
Two of the students affected wore shirts that supported Donald Trump while a third student added a quote from Trump to her yearbook photo. When denied her quote, the third student brought up the fact that another student was using a quote from President Franklin Roosevelt.
While this clearly upset the students, it was nothing compared to the outcry from parents. Joseph Bernardo, a parent of a student at Wall High School, came down harshly on the school’s censoring and even demanded that they reprint all the books at the district’s expense. He hopes that this action would help teach students about their First Amendment rights:
“I want a letter from the administration explaining why the yearbooks are being reissued, and it should be used as a teaching moment related to the First Amendment in civil discourse.”