Magazine article The Quill

Principal Confiscates Junior-High Paper

Magazine article The Quill

Principal Confiscates Junior-High Paper

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A junior high school principal in Mesa, Ariz., confiscated a recent issue of the student newspaper because an editorial was critical of the school's dress code enforcement, student journalists at the school said.

In mid-January, Fremont Junior High School Principal Dwayne Priester confiscated 1,400 copies of the Purple People Reader newspaper because of an editorial alleging that the dress code's enforcement is racially biased.

Fremont newspaper staffers are challenging the principal's action and want the papers released.

Reporter Ashley Morelos told the Student Press Law Center: "If he can't take [an opinion] from a 15-year-old kid, he can't get very far."

Problems started when the student journalists gave the newspaper to Priester and three Fremont English teachers to be proofread before publication. …

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