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Gay Student's Picture Blacked Out In Yearbook

By Oliver VanDervoort     Jun 23, 2007 in World
After a gay student paid an extra $150 for his yearbook, in order to buy a tribute to his boyfriend (a picture of them kissing), Newark school officials worked overtime to black the picture out
Newark East Side High student, Andre Jackson said he never thought he would offend anyone when he bought a page in the yearbook and posted several pictures, including the infamous one of him kissing his boyfriend.
But Newark Superintendent of Schools Marion Bolden called the photograph "illicit" and ordered it blacked out of the yearbook before it was distributed to students at a banquet for graduating seniors.
"It looked provocative," she said. "If it was either heterosexual or gay, it should have been blacked out. It's how they posed for the picture." There are several photos of heterosexual couples kissing in the yearbook, but the superintendent said she didn't review the entire yearbook and was presented only with Jackson's page. One would think that perhaps if you're going to black out a picture for being provocative, that you hold the rest of the student body to the same standards.
Ripping the page out entirely was considered but, Bolden said, it was decided blacking it out with a marker would lessen the damage to the yearbooks. Apparently no thought was given to the student who paid extra to get his pictures put in.
"I don't understand," said Jackson, "There is no rule about no gay pictures, no guys kissing. Guys and girls kissing made it in."
At this time there is no news on whether or not Jackson will get his money back.
I've included a link to the "provocative" photo here
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