A 16-year-old's MAGA hat was blurred out of his high school yearbook

Pennsylvania teenager Jeremy Gebhart and a friend wore hats featuring the words: "Trump: Make America Great Again" during their school's spirit week, only to find they were blurred out in the school's yearbook. CNN affiliate WMPT has the story.

Posted: May 25, 2019 8:30 AM
Updated: May 25, 2019 8:30 AM

All Jeremy Gebhart wanted to do was show his support for President Donald Trump.

During spirit week at Littlestown High School, near the Pennsylvania-Maryland border, the 16-year-old and a friend wore hats with the embroidered words: "Trump: Make America Great Again."

The boys' photo ended up in the high school's yearbook, but with a slight change. The MAGA embroidery was blurred out in their photo so it only appeared as if they were wearing red hats, according to CNN affiliate WPMT-TV.

Jeremy says the move violates his First Amendment rights.

"Everybody has First Amendment rights, freedom of speech, and they are allowed to think what they want and say what they want, but they aren't allowed to take that away from other people," Jeremy told the affiliate.

His mother, Lorraine Gebhart, told WPMT she was "infuriated" because her son wears the hat to show support for the President.

"He's not doing anything illegal -- he's wearing a hat of support," she said.

Gebhart said she believes someone blurred out the MAGA hats in order to "make their own statement."

"It's OK to disagree with people's views, but what's not OK is taking your freedom of speech and using it to take away someone else's," she said.

Littlestown Area School District Superintendent Christopher Bigger released a statement Thursday saying he was aware of the situation and that "a mistake was made."

"The mistake was not noticed during the editorial preview process prior to print," Bigger's statement read. "We apologize on behalf of the yearbook club. It is not the policy or practice of the district to improperly censor speech."

School officials told WPMT the incident is under investigation.

CNN reached out to Gebhart, who said she was "satisfied with the school district apologizing."

She also told WPMT she had a message for the person who blurred her son's hat.

"You did not silence us."

West Lafayette
Broken Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 84°
Kokomo
Scattered Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 81°
Rensselaer
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 79°
Fowler
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 79°
Williamsport
Scattered Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 81°
Crawfordsville
Scattered Clouds
75° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 75°
Frankfort
Broken Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 81°
Delphi
Clear
78° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 80°
Monticello
Clear
78° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 80°
Logansport
Scattered Clouds
77° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 79°
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 51079

Reported Deaths: 2756
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion12019693
Lake5588248
Elkhart353959
Allen2939134
St. Joseph210669
Hamilton1691101
Cass16449
Hendricks1454100
Johnson1340118
Porter82638
Tippecanoe7709
Vanderburgh7276
Clark69544
Madison67464
LaPorte61628
Howard59858
Bartholomew59745
Kosciusko5754
Marshall5449
Noble51328
LaGrange4849
Boone48244
Jackson4783
Delaware47152
Hancock46736
Shelby45425
Floyd40644
Morgan34231
Monroe34028
Grant31826
Dubois3046
Henry30018
Montgomery29720
Clinton2903
White27410
Dearborn25823
Decatur25632
Lawrence25225
Vigo2528
Warrick25029
Harrison21722
Greene19432
Miami1932
Jennings17912
Putnam1738
DeKalb1694
Scott1649
Wayne1546
Daviess15017
Perry14710
Orange13723
Steuben1362
Jasper1352
Ripley1307
Franklin1278
Gibson1202
Wabash1162
Carroll1142
Fayette1067
Whitley1066
Starke1043
Newton10010
Huntington942
Jefferson862
Wells821
Randolph794
Fulton731
Knox710
Jay700
Washington681
Pulaski661
Clay645
Rush613
Posey570
Spencer541
Owen521
Benton510
Sullivan501
Adams491
Brown431
Blackford402
Fountain352
Crawford330
Switzerland320
Tipton321
Parke270
Martin260
Ohio230
Vermillion200
Warren151
Union140
Pike110
Unassigned0193

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events