OHIO -- It all happened rather quickly. One day the student newspaper
was distributed, the next day it was suspended, and six eventful days later,
it was returned to the students.
While some might laud the return of the Walnut Hills High School student
paper as a victory for the student press, staff members are not so ready
to claim success.
Philip Ewing, co-editor of The Chatterbox, called it a "limited
victory." Although the principal gave the newspaper back to the students,
he also implemented a new set of rules that would give him "a way to censor
us," Ewing said.
The struggle started in March when Walnut Hills principal Marvin O.
Koenig suspended the student newspaper because of a column and a cartoon
featured on the humor page in the March 15 issue that poked fun at the
The column, written by humor page editor Sean Krebs, criticized school
administrators for holding Saturday school, a form of detention for skipping
class that requires students to report to school on Saturdays.