Valentine story in student newspaper censored
The Orange and Black student newspaper intends “to be an entertaining and thought-provoking student-run newsletter dedicated to give the students a voice and allowing them to express themselves” (from the paper’s mission statement).
Kaylie Miller is a 17 year old senior at Long Lake High School in New York. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Orange and Black. It is published monthly and was included as an insert in the school’s community newsletter.
The January, 2010 edition included an editorial critical of a Harvard admissions representative who spoke at the school and an article about the history of Valentine’s Day that included Biblical quotes about love. Both were removed from the paper before publication. The school superintendent explained that the editorial reflected poorly on the school, and that the school’s lawyer recommended censorship of the Valentine story.
Following a school board meeting in February, 2010, where more than fifty people attended, the board agreed to publish both articles in the March issue. However, they maintained the limited distribution of the newspaper on campus.
What do you think about restricting distribution to the school only? Is a school required to provide copies to others including those off-campus and not directly connected to the school? Are the students free to make copies of the paper and distribute it to the community?