School board rejects proposed prior review policy

INDIANA— A school newspaper that ran a four-page report on oral sex will not haveto submit its stories for review by an administrator before publication, aschool board voted last week.

The Bartholomew Consolidated SchoolCorporation Board upheld the current publication policy for The Triangle, Columbus North HighSchool’s student newspaper, bydefeating one board member’s proposal 5-2. The board member, RussellBarnard, drafted a proposal calling for prior review of The Triangle by school administration afterthe paper ran articles about themedical and psychological risks of oral sex.

Kim Green, the facultyjournalism adviser at the high school, said she is relieved that the newspaperwill not have to be read by the superintendent prior toprinting.

”Even though we expected it, having that over yourhead that you may lose the freedom that you worked so hard to maintain and beresponsible for, it is just gut-wrenching,” Green said.

Priorto the vote, Green announced she would resign if the board voted to requireprior review.

”It’s your job to make kids recognize thatthis is where their voice matters more,” Green said. ”Then for me tosay