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High school newspapers squelched in 2 states

By The Associated Press
12.23.08

Two high school newspapers were shut down recently after school administrators objected to editorial material.

In Myrtle Beach, S.C., The Academy Post at the Academy for Arts, Science & Technology was not distributed last month after students published an editorial advocating same-sex marriage without consulting administrators.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported that the principal at the academy, which is a public school, said Dec. 18 that he was concerned that the editorial with a picture of two male students holding hands would be disruptive. Ronnie Burgess also says he consulted attorneys before withholding the Nov. 6 edition of The Academy Post.

School district spokeswoman Teal Britton says district policy gives principals discretion over student publications.

The students who produce the quarterly newspaper say they're being censored. They have asked the school district to discuss the issue at its next meeting, according to The Sun News.

In Faribault, Minn., the student newspaper at Faribault High School will stay off the presses for at least a few more weeks.

KSTP-TV in Minneapolis reported that last week, School Superintendent Bob Stepaniak shut down the Echo after the student editors refused to allow him to review an article before publication.

On Dec. 18, the Faribault School Board decided to keep the newspaper shut down until three new members join the board next month.

At issue is an article about an investigation into a middle school teacher who had been subject of a complaint about inappropriate communication with a student. The teacher has not been charged, but has been on paid administrative leave since September.


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