A 75-year-old high school newspaper has been given a new lease on life now that tenacious East Bakersfield High School students revived The Kernal as an after-school club.
A Kern County judge is expected to sign a settlement filed Nov. 16 that will end a censorship lawsuit between East Bakersfield High School student journalists and the school district.
East Bakersfield Principal John Gibson viewed the spread intended to run in the April issue of the Kernal the night before it was to sent to the printer. The next day the student editors were called in to speak with school officials, who convinced them to run the spread without revealing the identities of the gay and transgendered students who had been interviewed for the piece. Later that night Gibson ordered the entire piece removed out of what he described as a concern for the safety of the students in the article, Kernal adviser Randy Hamm said.