School Forbids Boy’s ‘Fake News’ T-Shirt On

A Georgia family is under attack for allowing a seventh grader to wear a T-shirt that ridicules liberal news network CNN

Nancy, a county commissioner and Stan Jester, a member of the local school board of Dekalb, are the parents whose son Jaxon wore a shirt mocking the CNN logo as “FNN” with the caption, “Fake News Network” on a school field trip to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters. The boy’s parents think the school violated the First Amendment by making their son take the shirt off and are also expecting an apology from the school.

A teacher asked him to remove it before the tour, but the school has since apologized to the Jesters. However, the parents want an apology for Jaxon because, they say, the whole thing was his idea and he has the right to free speech.

“This year when the CNN tour was announced, my 7th grade son Jaxon asked me if he could purchase an FNN-Fake News Network shirt to wear for his field trip,” “As an advocate for the First Amendment, I agreed to his request.” “His mother cautioned him that he might cause a controversy and needed to be prepared for that. He was fully aware of the implications of his decision and made the affirmative choice to wear his shirt.”-Stan Jester wrote in a blog post. He also wrote that he is “disappointed by the hypocrisy” of the decision to make his son change his shirt.

“Some students are celebrated when they make a controversial display during the National Anthem. My student was forced to remove his shirt because someone didn’t like it. I defend speech and expression, even if I disagree, or it makes me uncomfortable,” he wrote.

Maureen Downey from The Atlanta Journal- wrote a column asking, “Was a Dekalb board member wrong to allow son to wear insulting T-shirt to CNN tour?”

“As a parent who has chaperoned a lot of field trips, I would avoid sending my child off with an attitude or attire that could create problems not only for teachers, but parent chaperones, most of whom take off work to give their time.”