Saturday, December 10, 2005

High school pulls student newspaper over gay support group ad

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From News & the Associated Press: School Pulls Student Paper Over Gay Ad by The Associated Press Posted: December 9, 2005 9:00 pm ET (Lampeter, Pennsylvania) Administrators stopped the distribution of a high school newspaper with an advertisement by a gay and lesbian support group, and distributed it two weeks later without the ad. A Lampeter-Strasburg High School teacher said in an e-mail to a parent that 1,200 copies of the Nov. 18 edition of The Limelight newspaper were recalled because of the advertisement by the group Common Roads. Common Roads' ad said it was an adult-supervised support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youths that meets weekly. The Limelight was eventually distributed to students Dec. 2 without the ad. Student editor Evan Macy said he was never formally told of the reason for the decision, which he said constituted discrimination. "Symbolically, it's a gesture against the gay community, and that's offensive," Macy told the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal. "I really think the reason they did it is they were uncomfortable and afraid of backlash." District solicitor Robert M. Frankhouser Jr. and superintendent Robert Frick did not immediately return telephone messages left at their offices Friday by The Associated Press. An e-mail from the paper's faculty adviser Adam Zurn to Macy's mother, Karyn, attributed the decision to Frankhouser. "I understand that Evan is disappointed. I am, too," Zurn wrote. "I would have liked for things to turn out differently." Macy is collecting signatures on a protest petition that he plans to present to the school board. Original source