"With the guidance of the SPLC, my fellow student journalists and I learned about what protections we had as student journalists and what we could and could not do to fight administrative overreach."
After administrators shut down the Matador's website without advance notice, the student editors learned they had lost all online content since February 2014 — including their coverage of an ongoing censorship battle.
The student media adviser for The Matador student newspaper, which has been involved in a censorship dispute, was placed on administrative leave indefinitely, after an encounter with the principal at yearbook camp.
Editors at a Pasadena-area high school say their principal ordered them to water down coverage of a popular teacher's removal, claiming it would invade the teacher's privacy. A local ACLU lawyer is asking the district to investigate whether the school censored not only the journalists, but also students who planned to protest the teacher's firing but were pressured to cancel the demonstration.