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.
College newspaper advisers, journalists and experts say they are approaching the Hosty v. Carter court case with a mixture of apprehension, caution and a resolve to protect the free press rights of college journalists, after a federal appeals court ruling against student journalists that could allow college officials to censor school-sponsored publications.
The 7-4 decision, handed down by an en banc panel of the U.S.
Administrators fired Ann Long from her position as editor of the Oracle because she did not receive parental consent before talking to students about their sexuality for an article that ran in December 2004.
A panel of journalists, editors and media lawyers urged members of the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing on July 20 to pass the Free Flow of Information Act, introduced in the spring by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) The panel testified that the law was needed to protect other journalists from what happened to Miller.
His article, ''Un-College Prep,'' criticized the Pinelands Board of Education's decision to discontinue double periods of lab sciences. After submitting the article to Pinelands Principal Thomas Procopio, the article was altered to reflect the opinions of the administration.
Omar Vega, a sophomore journalism major, has been at the center of a conflict with the university and San Francisco police that started after Vega took pictures of students allegedly breaking into a car and stealing some of its contents.
When the principal at Pebblebrook High School cancelled the school's journalism class in May, it seemed likely that Brookspeak, the student newspaper produced by the class, would die with it.
In July 2003, Amanda Farahany, an attorney representing an alleged rape victim, filed the lawsuit. She was initially successful in her quest for the records when a superior court judge in February 2004 ruled that the department and its records were public.
High school yearbook pages composed of senior superlatives and senior messages might be popular among students but they can be more trouble than they are worth for publication staffs.\n
\nLisa Rodgers, the editor of the 2005 yearbook at Michigan's Cody High School, discovered this the hard way after a coded message on a senior ''confessions'' page led to the censorship of the book and the dismissal of the publication's adviser in June.\n
\nThe yearbook drew the attention of Principal Ronnie Phillips and other staff members because of a picture of a gay couple at homecoming and a coded message on a senior ''confessions'' page that staff members perceived as an accusation that certain teachers had engaged in sexual behavior with students.
State Sen. Jarrett T. Barrios (D-Cambridge) and Rep. Alice K. Wolf (D-Cambridge) introduced similar measures in the state Senate and House that would open records produced by special state police officers employed by educational institutions and hospitals.