Saturday, November 05, 2005

Student newspaper articles on sexual orientation finally allowed at California high school

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School finally lets student newspaper run article on gays School district had won hearing allowing it to block publication FRESNO, Calif. (AP) | Nov 5, 5:46 PM High school journalists who fought to publish a series of articles on sexual orientation were finally able to distribute the stories Friday. Editors of The Kernal, the student-run monthly publication of East Bakersfield High School, wrote the articles earlier this year based on interviews with homosexual students. Principal John Gibson banned the articles before they could be published last school year. He said then he feared the students profiled in the stories would be harassed or hurt. The students sued the school district, but a judge backed the principal's decision until there was a full review of the school's concerns. In October, school officials relented and gave the student paper permission to run the stories. "The principal was wrong to censor these well-researched, balanced articles about a topic that affects teenagers today," said Christine Sun, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, which filed on behalf of the students and the Gay-Straight Alliance. School officials did not return repeated phone calls by The Associated Press on Friday. Several students named in the lawsuit said they were happy to see the long-awaited published articles. To read the full article click here