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EAST SIDE HIGH SCHOOL IN NEWARK, N.J. A big flap over a yearbook photo at Newark's East Side High School. Staff used markers to black out a picture of a male student kissing his boyfriend from all copies of the school's yearbook before they were distributed to students this week. Marion Bolden, Newark's superintendent of schools, says the photograph of 18-year-old Andre Jackson kissing David Escobales in the yearbook was "illicit" and looked provocative. It was blacked out after Russell Garris, the district's assistant superintendent who oversees the city's high schools, told Bolden he was concerned that the photo could upset parents. Bolden says an investigation into who approved the final draft of the yearbook and the rules about what can be published in the future will be reviewed. Newark school officials blacked out a yearbook picture of Andre Jackson kissing his boyfriend David Escobales. School officials decided the photo was "inappropriate."


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    jackeline sibaja, United States

    8 years ago Comments: i stand behind andre & ricko 100% & what Marion Bolden did was incorrect and unnecessary. This is simple discrimination and this is unfair for him since he like everyone else paid for his page on the yearbook its up to him what he wants to put on it. What happened to our freedom - what happened to our rights ! Two guys kissing ; so what grow up & get over it & get use to it. I'm still trying to get use to the fact the diallowed two guys kissing on the yearbook but yet they allowed on the next page the same only tow people of different sexes - get the hell outta here but that b.s ! i lovee you andre && i'm here for you no matter what
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    angela rodriguez, United States

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    Denise, United States

    8 years ago Comments: The school officials are prejudice!!! they should leave the gays, the lesbians and the bisexuals alone!!! If they're happy why bring them down We each have our own lives, why are they bothering us with it
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