A Georgia family is finding themselves in the center of controversy for allowing their 7th-grade son to wear a t-shirt mocking liberal propaganda network CNN on a school field trip to CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta. However, the boy’s family is firing back!
Nancy and Stan Jester are residents of Dekalb and BOTH parents are elected officials. Nancy serves as county commissioner and Stan is a member of the local school board. Their son, Jaxon, wore a t-shirt with a spoof of the CNN logo depicting it as “FNN” with the caption reading “Fake News Network” underneath.
A teacher demanded that Jaxon remove the t-shirt or turn it inside out prior to the tour. However, the Jesters are fighting back over what they view as an infringement on their son’s first amendment right to free speech. They believe that Jaxon’s opinion was silenced by forcing him to remove his shirt. The school has issued an apology to his parents but the Jesters believe the apology is actually owed to Jaxson since it was his first amendment right to free speech that was silenced.
The Jesters explained that Jaxson came up the whole idea and the shirt was purchased by Jaxson specifically for this field with his father’s permission. Stan detailed the events in a blog post stating –
“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… As an advocate for the First Amendment, I agreed to his request.
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.”
Stan went on to express that he is “disappointed by the hypocrisy” demonstrated in the decision to force Jaxson to change his shirt.
“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.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Maureen Downey chose to weigh in on the controversy writing a column asking – “Was a Dekalb board member wrong to allow Son to wear Insulting T-shirt to CNN tour?”
“As a parent who has chaperoned a lot of field trips, I would avoid sending my child off with an attitude or attire that could create problems not only for teachers, but parent chaperones, most of whom take off work to give their time.”
CNN has been known as “fake news” for some time by conservatives, Republicans, and many with a right-leaning ideology. CNN president Jeff Zucker has faced staunch criticism of his glaringly obvious anti-Trump agenda. It was during and after the 2016 Presidential election that this become glaringly obvious prompting President Trump to dub the propaganda network “fake news” relentlessly mocking them via Twitter as recently as Wednesday.
Trump tweeted –
“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!”
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