New Jersey school district investigates digital removal of 'Trump' from yearbook photos


But, when he got his yearbook this week, the Trump logo on his T-shirt appeared to be censored.

Berardo says he purchased $110 worth of photos of Grant in his "historic" shirt, but when they received the pictures there was no Trump slogan to be seen.

Grant Berardo said he was shocked when he saw the yearbook photo of him in the T-shirt, minus the Trump reference.

The controversy erupted this week when students came home with their school yearbooks and parents like Joe Berardo found their children's pro-Trump merchandise had been erased. Questionable omissions to be sure, but not almost as blatant as another student's, Grant Berardo's, before and after photos. Dobrovich-Fago, who wore vest with the name "Trump" on the left chest, also had the name blacked out.

Two students had their shirts altered in the photo and a third had gave her formal quote as a Trump quote and it did not make it into the yearbook. It wasn't clear who altered the yearbook photos or why. "By Donald Trump", Montana's quote had read, according to ABC7.

"I sent it to my mom and dad, just like 'You won't believe this.' I was just overall disappointed", he said.

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"We're very angry", said their mother Janet Dobrovich-Fago, the mother of the other two students. "I want the school to seek disciplinary action and to be held accountable".

Cheryl Dyer, superintendent of Wall Schools said the school district is now investigating the issue, saying the school's student dress code said nothing against wearing clothing expressing a student's political views.

"There is nothing in our student dress code that would prevent a student from expressing his or her political views and support for a candidate for political office via appropriate clothing", she wrote. The high school administration was not aware of and does not condone any censorship of political views on the part of our students.

"The administration and staff of the Wall Township Public Schools strongly value the principles of free speech and inquiry in our schools and society, viewing them as the bedrock upon which our community and educational system is built", Dyer's statement continued.

The school's dress code does prohibit references to illegal activity such as use of drugs, alcohol or weapons, she noted. The district hires a company to take the photos and print the yearbooks.

Wall Schools Superintendent Cheryl Dyer said in a statement that the district is investigating the matter.