Two students wanted to show their pride in their country by wearing caps proclaiming “Trump: Make America Great Again” to school.
Someone, however, didn’t care for the caps, and when a picture of the students wearing them was published in the school yearbook, the logos were blurred out.
The students, however, didn’t take the slight lying down, and fought back.
The incident occurred at Littlestown High School, in Littlestown, Pennsylvania, near the state’s border with Maryland. 16-year-old Jeremy Gebhart, one of the students who wore the Trump hat in the picture, says the censorship of the hats violated their First Amendment rights.
“I just think that whoever did this doesn’t like Trump,” he said.
Gebhart and his friend wore the caps as part of Littlestown High School’s spirit week last October. A picture was taken for the school’s yearbook, but someone decided to remove the cap logos before it was published in the annual tome.
The words “Trump: Make America Great Again” were removed from the hats, likely with Photoshop.
“We were like they blurred our hats out!” Gebhart told local news station WPMT Fox 43.
The second student has not been publicly identified.
Jeremy’s mother, Lorriane Gebhart, is angry that someone would treat the photo in such a way. “I was infuriated because he wears that hat because he supports our president. He’s not doing anything illegal he’s wearing a hat of support,” she said.
“It’s very upsetting. Someone used this on purpose to blur out that Trump logo and make their own statement,” she 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,” Jeremy said.
“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.
Here’s how the Trump hat censorship looked in the yearbook.
Christopher Bigger, the Superintendent of Schools for the Littlestown School District, apologized for the incident, but did not identify the culprit who removed the Trump hat from each student. “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,” he said.
Now, Gebhart may have the last laugh. An investigation is underway by school officials to find out who is responsible. “You did not silence us,” Gebhart said. He also told CNN that he was satisfied with the school district’s apology.
Here is video from local new station WPMT Fox 43.
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