In 2017 New Jersey high school student Grant Berardo made the yearbook, but Donald Trump didn’t.
For his yearbook photo, Berardo wore a Trump campaign T-shirt. When the book came out, Trump’s name and “Make America Great Again” logo was gone. It was canceled before cancel culture was a thing.
Now, the teacher who reportedly erased Trump is collecting $325,000 from the school district.
Susan Parsons, who was her school’s yearbook adviser, sued the school district in 2019. Parsons, who said she voted for Trump in 2016, maintained that she was ordered to doctor the photo to cover up Trump’s name.
“That has to go,” the school principal’s secretary reportedly told her after seeing Berardo’s picture. When the situation became known, Parsons said she started to receive death threats.
Her lawsuit, according to local media, claimed the adverse media coverage made her feel like “some scourge,” driving her to become an anxious recluse, too scared to leave her own home in the township, a community where Trump took 63 percent of the vote in 2016.
She was flooded with hate mail and voice messages, her lawsuit alleged.
“My life has not been the same” she said back in 2019, “and I don’t think it ever will.”
The school board approved the settlement but took no responsibility for the incident.
This was the second time Parsons has received a payment for this controversy.
She previously was paid $25,000 after challenging a district policy that precluded her from telling her side of the story without obtaining the district’s permission.