- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 28, 2019

A Pennsylvania high school has apologized after two students saw their pro-President Trump hats censored from the yearbook.

Jeremy Gebhart, a 16-year-old student at Littlestown Senior High School, told local media that he and his friend wore “Make America Great Again” hats during the school’s spirit week back in October.

A photo of them that later landed in the yearbook had the logos Photoshopped out, the student said.

“I was like, ‘Wow, are you serious?’ ” Jeremy told FOX 43. “Everybody has First Amendment rights, right? They have freedom of speech and they are allowed to think what they want and say what they want, but they’re not allowed to take that away from other people.”

“I was infuriated, because he wears that hat because he supports our president,” Jeremy’s mother, Lorraine Gebhart, told the station. “He’s not doing anything illegal whatsoever. He’s wearing a hat of support.”

The Littlestown Area School District issued a statement apologizing for the “mistake” and affirming its commitment to fostering “civil discourse.”

“I am aware of the yearbook situation and a mistake was made,” Superintendent Christopher Bigger said. “The mistake was not noticed during the editorial preview process prior to print.

“We apologize on behalf of the yearbook club,” he continued. “It is not the policy or practice of the district to improperly censor speech. Please understand we are working with young adults who are practicing to become citizens and what a better place to do so than in a school setting. We must find a way to have civil discourse around emotionally charged issues with students where the facts are understood and the opportunity to learn is available.”

School officials said it has launched an investigation into finding the individuals responsible for the censorship.

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