A Georgia family received criticism for letting their son wear a shirt that says “FNN” and “Fake News Network” on a school trip to CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta.
Nancy and Stan Jester, of Dekalb, who are local officials in Dekalb County, allowed the boy, named Jaxon, to wear the shirt, Fox News reported.
A teacher asked him to remove the shirt before the field trip to CNN’s headquarters, but the school later apologized to the family. The parents want an apology because it was his idea, and it’s his right to free speech as protected under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
“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,” Stan Jester wrote. “As an advocate for the First Amendment, I agreed to his request.”
He continued: “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.”
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 9, 2017
He was dismayed over the school’s move to make the boy remove it.
“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.
President Donald Trump regularly pillories CNN as “fake news,” lambasting it on Twitter.
While in the Philippines I was forced to watch @CNN, which I have not done in months, and again realized how bad, and FAKE, it is. Loser!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2017
— Mary-Ann Russon (@concertina226) July 6, 2017
— Linda Suhler, Ph.D. (@LindaSuhler) July 5, 2017
“While in the Philippines I was forced to watch @CNN, which I have not done in months, and again realized how bad, and FAKE, it is,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “Loser!”
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