Florida High School Says It Will Censor 'Don't Say Gay' Protest Photos In Yearbook

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Students astatine a precocious schoolhouse successful Longwood, Florida didn’t person their yearbooks connected Monday arsenic promised — and the crushed has caused immoderate to combat backmost against their schoolhouse board.

Michael Hunter, main astatine Lyman High School, sent a connection to families this week saying that the organisation of the yearbooks volition beryllium delayed due to the fact that photos from a student-led LGBTQ rights protestation request to beryllium covered up with stickers beforehand, local quality presumption WKMG reports.

The photos included successful the already published yearbook amusement students holding signs and rainbow flags during the walkout successful March successful effect to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill prohibiting schoolroom treatment of intersexual orientation.

Hunter told section outlet WESH that the crushed wherefore the photos request to beryllium covered is due to the fact that the protestation was not sponsored oregon endorsed by the schoolhouse and does not conscionable “all aspects of Seminole County School Board policies.”

“Unfortunately, the pictures and descriptions that depicted this lawsuit did not conscionable schoolhouse committee argumentation and were not caught earlier successful the reappraisal process,” Hunter said. “Rather than reprinting the yearbook astatine important outgo and delay, we person elected to screen the worldly that is retired of compliance with committee argumentation truthful that yearbooks tin beryllium distributed arsenic soon arsenic possible.”

Students person pushed backmost against the determination by launching a societal media run called “#StoptheStickers.”

Some students connected the yearbook squad are besides readying to be a Seminole County schoolhouse committee gathering connected Tuesday to talk up against the photos being covered.

“When my teacher archetypal told maine [about the censorship] I was conscionable wholly shocked,” Skye Tiedemann, the yearbook’s co-editor-in-chief told WESH. “Every azygous greeting connected the announcements Mr. Hunter says that we are historic, we are divers and we are inclusive, and intelligibly successful our yearbook we are trying to represent that with the LGBTQ community.”

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