High school principal tells paper to remove pregnancy advertisement

MISSOURI ‘ The Parkway Central High School principal rejected the student newspaper’s proposal to run advertising for a pregnancy center in its February edition.

Principal Bill Myer said he was concerned that publishing the Pregnancy Resource Center ad, which offered free pregnancy screenings, would force the Corral to accept ads from any reproductive service organization, regardless of their views on abortion or birth control. He said he did not want that to be a practice of the newspaper.

Student editors maintain they should decide the paper’s advertising content.

In a Corral article, editor Jonathan Kealing said, ‘While we respect the administration’s right to limit certain advertisements, we believe that the greater limits they place, the less effective our paper becomes.’

Parkway School District ad policies will be revised this summer to determine whether students or administrators will have control over ad decisions.