Sunday, November 29, 2009

Student Journalists Learn Real World Lesson

Student journalists at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois wanted to run an article about alleged drug use and drinking among the student body, but school administrators objected to the article's use of anonymous sources and told them that it was unfit to print in its current form.

Staffers at the paper decided to insert a blank page as a form of protest, but school administrators demanded a delay to "resolve sourcing questions".

After a meeting between the young journalists, their parents and faculty, the paper's staff was under the impression that publication would be on hold until next month, but instead, the admistration demanded an immediate printing without the contreversial article and another one about teen pregnancy. The students were given less than two hours to lay out their paper and were threatened with a failing grade, if they did not comply.

This resolution has prompted the students and their pro-bono attorney to complain about both, censorship and compelled speech.

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