Florida students protest covering photos of ‘Don’t Say Gay’ protest

Lyman High School yearbooks did not go out as planned Monday, because administrators said they needed to make some changes to the books.Those alterations have some crying censorship concerning a protest of the so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill depicted in the yearbook. The technical name of the bill is Parental Rights in Education and it has stirred up strong opinions ever since it was proposed. “School districts feel the pressure to censor their students, for just being students,” state Rep. Anna Eskamani said. Eskamani is upset that a portion of the yearbook at Lyman High school will be altered before it’s handed out.“We are seeing kids be censored and books be banned. It feeds into this really problematic censorship of first amendment rights, especially freedom of expression when it comes to political activism,” Eskamani said. The district insists it’s not the photos of rainbow flags or the signs from the March protest at Lyman High in reference to the bill critics call Don’t Say Gay, it’s that the protest “…was not sponsored, endorsed, or promoted by the school or district…as ​​such, the manner by which it was depicted and displayed in the yearbook’s original layout did not behave with School Board Policy.”The fix, we’re told, is going to be a sticker of some sort, blank with the word ‘Autographs’ at the top to give students an additional place to have friends sign it.”I do not think it’s appropriate for a page in the yearbook that focuses on a marginalized community, to be washed out because of a concern by a few select individuals,” Eskamani said.The photographer is a Lyman grad, now in college.”These are my photos and I think the students should be able to see them because taking away these photos is silencing their voices,” Koesler said. Many hope to speak out at Tuesday evening’s meeting to see if they can get the yearbooks distributed as printed.

Lyman High School yearbooks did not go out as planned Monday, because administrators said they needed to make some changes to the books.

Those alterations have some crying censorship concerning a protest of the so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill depicted in the yearbook.

The technical name of the bill is Parental Rights in Education and it has stirred up strong opinions ever since it was proposed.

“School districts feel the pressure to censor their students, for just being students,” state Rep. Anna Eskamani said.

Eskamani is upset that a portion of the yearbook at Lyman High school will be altered before it’s handed out.

“We are seeing kids be censored and books be banned. It feeds into this really problematic censorship of first amendment rights, especially freedom of expression when it comes to political activism,” Eskamani said.

The district insists it’s not the photos of rainbow flags or the signs from the March protest at Lyman High in reference to the bill critics call Don’t Say Gay, it’s that the protest “…was not sponsored, endorsed, or promoted by the school or district…as ​​such, the manner by which it was depicted and displayed in the yearbook’s original layout did not behave with School Board Policy.”

The fix, we’re told, is going to be a sticker of some sort, blank with the word ‘Autographs’ at the top to give students an additional place to have friends sign it.

“I do not think it’s appropriate for a page in the yearbook that focuses on a marginalized community, to be washed out because of a concern by a few select individuals,” Eskamani said.

The photographer is a Lyman grad, now in college.

“These are my photos and I think the students should be able to see them because taking away these photos is silencing their voices,” Koesler said.

Many hope to speak out at Tuesday evening’s meeting to see if they can get the yearbooks distributed as printed.

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