A Georgia school recently had one of its seventh graders change a T-shirt mocking CNN during a field trip to the network’s Atlanta headquarters, according to Fox News.
Fox News on Thursday reported that Jaxon Jester of DeKalb, Georgia initially a shirt parodying the CNN logo as “FNN” above a caption reading “Fake News Network.”
Jaxon Jester’s parents are both local elected officials in DeKalb, with his mother Nancy Jester serving as a county commissioner and his father Stan Jester a county school board member.
A teacher asked Jaxon Jester to remove the clothing article before touring CNN, and the boy’s school has since apologized for the incident.
DeKalb County Schools on Thursday confirmed in a statement to CBS46 that the incident had occurred.
“The request was out of concern for the student’s safety in accordance with the district’s Student Code of Conduct, which states …. “the wearing of clothing, tattoos, or other adornments which show offensive and/or vulgar words, pictures, diagrams, drawings or include words or phrases of violent, nature, a disruptive nature, a sexual nature, politically/socially controversial words or graphics or words or phrases that are derogatory regarding a person’s ethnic background, color, race, national origin, religious belief, sexual orientation or disability is prohibited,” it said.
“The parent of the student was contacted by the principal and informed that the student was being asked to change his shirt,” the statement added. “The student complied with the request made by the teacher.”
Stan Jester wrote a blog post last week criticizing DeKalb County Schools for pressuring his son over the clothing.
The father noted that the school system did not react in the same fashion when several athletes in the district knelt during the national anthem last month.
“I’m disappointed by the hypocrisy of this decision,” Stan Jester wrote of the Peachtree Charter Middle School’s visit to CNN headquarters.