Sunday, June 20, 2010

Censorship in Virginia

This story on a principal sanctioning the destruction of a high school newspaper's edition connects with a talk Monday by Frank D. LoMonte (shown at right), executive director of the Student Press Law Center. The SPLC was involved in the case, with a staff attorney calling it one of the "silliest" cases of censorship he has seen.

The case involves The Revolution at Albemarle High School in Lynchburg, Va. A lowlight from The News & Advance:
Students had printed the edition, which featured an editorial questioning whether student-athletes need gym class, but the copies were trashed before students could see them after administrators heard complaints from physical education teachers.
The school wound up reprinting the edition.

This related article from cites LoMonte saying that more and more journalism advisers are facing troubles over censorship.

I found out about both articles on The Poynter Institute's Romenesko blog, which is a must-follow in the news industry. I highly recommend it.

Steve Elliott
Arizona State University

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