© 2022 All Rights reserved WUSF
News, Jazz, NPR
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Protest photos in a Florida high school yearbook will be allowed to appear

wide view of the school board, members sitting behind the desk
Seminole County School Board
/
Facebook
The Seminole County School Board voted unanimously to put disclaimer stickers in the yearbook, rather than cover up the images.

The Seminole County School Board voted unanimously to reverse the principal's decision and allow the photos to run in the yearbook.

Students at a central Florida high school are declaring victory after taking their protest to their school board over plans to censor a yearbook page showing a student walkout against the state's so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law.

Seminole County School Board members listened to them and agreed to leave their photos of rainbow flags unobscured.

The principal at Lyman High School in Longwood said one page was out of compliance with school board policy, and students would not get their yearbooks until they were covered with stickers.

He said the images show students holding rainbow flags and a “love is love” sign during a protest of Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act.

The board overruled the superintendent and voted to add a small sticker clarifying that Lymon High School didn't endorse their walkout.

One board member called the censorship plan ridiculous, and several offered to pay for the fix out of their own pockets.

The students are now expected to get their yearbooks after all this week.

The law signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis bans classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K through 3.

Updated: May 11, 2022 at 7:03 AM EDT
This story has been updated with the Seminole County School Board vote.