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‘You're a bully’ -- Student gives fiery speech in dispute over pro-Trump photos in yearbook

A former student from Wall Township is caught up in the middle of a controversy where pro-President Donald Trump images were "removed" from the yearbook is speaking out, with a message specifically for the superintendent.

News 12 Staff

May 8, 2019, 2:57 PM

Updated 1,846 days ago

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A former student from Wall Township is caught up in the middle of a controversy where pro-President Donald Trump images were "removed" from the yearbook is speaking out, with a message specifically for the superintendent. 
The incident happened a couple of years ago, and now the yearbook's adviser is suing.
Former adviser and current teacher Susan Parsons has been unable to speak to the media to tell her side due to a gag order in place, but one of the students, Wyatt Dobrovich-Fago, who's vest containing a Trump logo was cropped, let the board know Tuesday night – he blames Superintendent Cheryl Dyer.
"You're a bully,” says Dobrovich-Fago. “You've bullied me. You've bullied these teachers, but you won't bully us anymore. This is what democracy looks like. This is what people do when they're mad, and you should not be here anymore. Your time is done. Resign. Resign tonight."

Wyatt's words come nearly two years after it was revealed images were photoshopped from the Wall High yearbook.
At the time, Superintendent Dyer called the actions of then-yearbook adviser Susan Parsons "unprecedented" in an interview with News 12 New Jersey.
But Parsons is fighting back.
In a lawsuit filed this week, she blames the administration for the edits and says she took the blame, and says the principal’s secretary said "this has to go" when seeing a Make America Great Again slogan on the T-shirt of another student. 
The lawsuit says, “Without conducting any proper investigation into the allegations with respect to the 2017 yearbook, Defendant Superintendent Dyer immediately initiated a public campaign to shield the administration from any for the yearbook edits by creating a false narrative to cause the public to falsely believe that Plaintiff was responsible for the censorship of the 2017 yearbook. "

In a prepared statement, Dyer said the district has not seen the lawsuit, but did say, “At the time of the incident I conducted a thorough investigation into the matter. If and when there is a hearing on this matter, information regarding what took place will be made public Dyer and I'm confident that when the full facts come to light, all of the actions of this office and the Board of Education will be found to be wholly appropriate."

Superintendent Dyer's contract is set to expire June 30, 2020.

The attorney for Parsons wants the gag order lifted so she can tell her side of the story, and the attorney wants that done by the end of today.


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