Sprayberry Principal Must OK Paper Content
After the controversy that resulted from an April Fool's edition of "The Stinger," the Cobb County School District has taken action against further incidents.
In a move stemming from the publication of an April Fool's edition of a student-run newspaper that called President Barack Obama "a Nazi," the Cobb County School District has ordered that all journalistic content must be approved by the school's principal.
Sprayberry High School's newspaper "The Stinger" became a lightning rod for controversy in April, when it published an article listing 20 reasons why President Obama should not be re-elected.
Some of the reasons were, "because his dog is ugly," "he's a Nazi," and, "he's black."
“We don’t want to censor (the journalism students) but we want to make sure the principal has ownership and has understanding of what’s going out and for there not to be any surprises,” Hinojosa wrote. “It’s a fine line and we did consult with our legal counsel about how to do it … because of how politically volatile, how it really upset the campus, we want to make sure that the principal is aware of that (content).”
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