Take Online Poll on School Paper Pulling Essay on Homosexuality

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Readers have one week left to respond to the most recent Clay County online poll concerning an article about homosexuality that was removed from a high school newspaper.

Log on to claycountyline.com and give your input to the following question:

A school newspaper at Ridgeview High School containing an essay on homosexuality by student Katie Thompson was removed from circulation by the principal.

Tell us what you think: (Responses as of Thursday are in parentheses.)

The essay should have been allowed to run in the student newspaper for everyone to read. (52 percent)

The principal was correct in the decision to remove from circulation the newspapers that contained the essay. (11 percent)

The principal should have made the essay available to those who want to read it. (7 percent)

Homosexuality is not an appropriate subject to be discussed in a school newspaper. (28 percent)

LETTERS ABOUT THE POLL

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I had some questions about the article in the Nov. 12 Clay County Line titled "Poll finds most against covered school P.E. areas."

For general public opinion, your statistics are fine, but for a more accurate and educated analysis, I think your article is lacking in many things and I it find very misleading. For instance, how many people polled have elementary-age children? How many are from the state of Florida?

Why would I ask these questions? The first question is for obvious reasons, if the person polled doesn't have school-age children, then they would be against the purchase of covered areas. The second question is also obvious to anyone that is from areas north of Florida. Why? If you polled a person who was from Tennessee or Michigan and raised children in those areas, they would not see a need for covered areas in the warmer months. …