‘Don’t Say Gay’ Protest Photos to Remain Uncovered in Florida School Yearbook

'Don't Say Gay' Protest Photos to Remain Uncovered in Florida School Yearbook

The school board had made it clear that they could not change the school policy and that the stickers would remain. However, new information came to light during a public comment, where everyone agreed that the images would not be covered.” The enthusiasm of the students who are here today, this made me realize and think that looking at the yearbooks and the comments , who’s to say one comment is better than the other,” said Abby Sanchez, vice president of Seminole County Public Schools. “We should be able to voice our concerns and we shouldn’t allow anyone to take that right away from us,” Sánchez said. “First, I want students to understand that the school board cannot take action or corrective action here. The school board doesn’t have that authority,” Sánchez said. “But the book is prepared for students by students, and it’s meant to be a record of their time in high school, what they thought and what mattered to them,” Sanchez said. That’s what Seminole County Public Schools school board members said earlier. Public comment began on Lyman High School’s recent decision to cover photos of the “Don’t Say Gay” protest by students with stickers in the school yearbook. One by one, parents, students, and teachers agreed that the stickers were a form of censorship. . “It’s silencing the LGBTQ plus community and silencing the journalistic community,” said yearbook editor Sara Ward. “We must not allow them to censor our yearbook, because that would be censoring our voices. story,” said yearbook editor Maya Gluck. JJ Holmes, a Seminole County student writes his own speeches using his nose. Without a voice, he delivered a message that brought tears to some people in the audience. “Tyler Clemente had 18 years old when he jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge. Another student called him out for being gay,” Holmes said. “Our yearbook is published by the students and funded by the students and by the students. Despite being school property and the technicalities of school policy, we cannot take that right away from the student by not supporting the student press and the student community at large,” Sara Ward, a yearbook writing editor, said. The school board also learned that similar sections would not be covered in the Hagerty and Oviedo yearbooks. So, in the end, the board voted 5-0 to change course and allow the section in the Lyman yearbooks. But will have a sticker indicating that the protests were not approved by the school.

The school board had made it clear that they could not change the school policy and that the stickers would remain.

However, new information came to light during a public commentwhere everyone agreed that the images would not be blacked out.

“The enthusiasm of the students who were here today made me realize and think that looking at the yearbooks and the comments, who is to say that one comment is better than the other,” Abby Sanchez, vice president of Seminole County Public Schools . saying.

“We should be able to voice our concerns and we shouldn’t allow anyone to take that right away from us,” Sánchez said.

“First, I want students to understand that the school board cannot take action or corrective action here. The school board doesn’t have that authority,” Sánchez said.

“But the book is put together for students by students, and it’s meant to be a record of their time in high school, what they thought and what mattered to them,” Sanchez said.

That’s what Seminole County Public Schools school board members said before public comment began on Lyman High School’s recent decision to cover photos from the “Don’t Say Gay” student protest with stickers in the school yearbook.

One after another, parents, students and teachers agreed that the stickers were a form of censorship.

“It’s silencing the LGBTQ plus community and silencing the journalistic community,” said yearbook editor Sara Ward.

“We should not allow our yearbook to be censored, because that would be censoring our voices. This is a part of Lyman history and history,” said yearbook editor Maya Gluck.

JJ Holmes, a Seminole County student writes his own speeches using his nose.

Without a voice, he delivered a message that brought tears to some in the audience.

“‘Don’t say gay’ isn’t even a law yet and you’re already using it to target students in the LGBTQ+ community,” Holmes said.

“Tyler Clemente was 18 years old when he jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge. Another student called him out for being gay,” Holmes said.

“Our yearbook is published by students and funded by students and students. Despite being school property and the technicalities of school policy, we cannot take away that right from the student by not supporting the student press and the student community in general”, Sara Ward. said a Lyman yearbook writing editor.

The school board also learned that similar sections would not be covered in the Hagerty and Oviedo yearbooks. So, in the end, the board voted 5-0 to change course and allow the section in the Lyman yearbooks.

But it will have a sticker indicating that the protests were not approved by the school.

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