Student newspapers destroyed after editorial upsets P.E. teachers
This sounds like a parody of a high school, but it really happened at Albemarle High in Virginia:
High school student journalists wrote an editorial in their school newspaper, The Revolution, questioning whether athletes needed to take physical education classes.
P.E. teachers took offense. They complained.
The principal ordered the papers destroyed, according to the News & Advance of Lynchburg.
The principal, Jay Thomas, was quoted by the News as saying that he gave his destruction orders not only because the phys ed teachers were miffed.
“The quality of the paper — there [were] some typos in there — the impact to the author of the editorial,” Thomas said. “I think those were the main points of discussion when it was brought forward.”
But Sean Cudahy, the paper’s former editor in chief who just graduated, said he was in the meeting where the decision was made and typos weren’t the problem.
The newspaper staff writer who wrote the editorial is Ellie Leech, who will be The Revolution’s editor in chief during the next school year, said her First Amendment rights were violated.
She’s got that right, but there was another violation beyond that of the U.S. Constitution.
The principal violated the unwritten rule that an adult administrator should never take any action that is sillier than any of the actions taken by any teenager, given that teens' frontal lobs -- where goal-oriented rational thinking takes place -- is less active than in adults. For that matter, the whining physical education teachers violated the rule.
By the way, editions of The Revolution were reprinted two weeks later with the same material, minus the offending editorial. I don’t know about the typos.
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| June 18, 2010; 3:56 PM ET
Categories: High School | Tags: The Revolution, albemarle high school, student editorial on athletes, student newspapers destroyed
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