Neshaminy High School administrators confiscated the student newspaper’s final issue of the year Friday, after students printed the paper without administrative approval following renewed disagreement over the students’ ban on the word “Redskins.”
The last few months for the students of Neshaminy High School’s The Playwickian haven’t been easy. As the student staff has fought administrators for editorial control, their adviser Tara Huber has stood behind them at every step. Tuesday night, Huber found out she was being named Journalism Teacher of the Year by the Pennsylvania High School Press Association.
“It makes it worth continuing to fight the good fight,” Huber said.
In October, the staff announced they wouldn’t use the word Redskin – the school’s mascot – because they say it’s a racial slur. Administrators pushed back and demanded students print it.
The Neshaminy school board has pushed back a vote originally scheduled for Tuesday on a proposed publications policy that students and educators nationwide have condemned as unconstitutional and “educationally unsound.”
Neshaminy High School student editors and administrators remain in disagreement over the newspaper’s ban on the word “Redskins.”
Editors at Neshaminy High School’s student newspaper want to stop using the term “Redskins” — the school’s long-time nickname and mascot — but say administrators have told the paper’s adviser the staff is not allowed to make that call.