High school student magazine banned from distribution
The principal confiscated most of the 300 copies because, in his opinion, the cover design and Old English font used in the text promoted gang life. He also objected to the fact that the story didn’t report that tattoos are forever and that removal is painful.
The PULP staff views the principal’s action as censorship and is considering taking legal action. They argue that discussing tattoos is no different from subjects presented in earlier issues, including drugs and alcohol, and teen pregnancy. What do you think?
Does a picture of a tattoo send a wrong message or promote an unlawful lifestyle?
Should the writers have presented the other side of the story or is it common knowledge that tattoos are permanent unless painfully removed?
Would a tattoo story cause disruption on campus or convince a student to become a gang member?
Know your rights when it comes to school censorship.
Speaking of tattoos, consider the misfortune of 18-year-old Kimberley Vlaeminck from Belgium. She reportedly asked for three stars on her face, but then fell asleep during the procedure. She woke up because of pain when the tattoo artist was doing her nose. That’s when she discovered she had 56 stars on one side of her face. The artist told the police that she asked for all of them, but changed her story when her father showed up. The investigation continues. Is it possible to fall asleep while getting a tattoo?
Update: Kimberley has since admitted that she was lying about falling asleep when she realized her father was furious. She was awake the entire time.