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High School Newspaper Confiscated After Embarrassing Administration

STOCKTON, Calif. — Student journalists at a Central Valley high school are getting a lesson in the First Amendment after administrators confiscated their newspaper over concerns about a campus safety article quoting school administrators as saying that recent lockdown drills and two reports of weapons on campus revealed poor communication.

The principal of Stockton’s Bear Creek High School, Shirley McNichols, stopped distribution of 1,700 copies of the monthly Bruin Voice newspaper last week, saying a front-page article about allegedly outdated safety policies could panic students.

Editor-in-Chief Justine Chang and adviser Kathi Duffel told The Record of Stockton  that the principal was embarrassed about what the article exposed.

Source: First Amendment Center. Read full article. (link)

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    The principal of Stockton’s Bear Creek High School, Shirley McNichols, stopped distribution of 1,700 copies of the monthly Bruin Voice newspaper last week, saying a front-page article about allegedly outdated safety policies could panic students.

    So now instead of maybe 5,000 Stocktoners seeing it, it goes nationwide. Way to keep it down, Shirley!

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