Student Newspaper Censored Over Teen Pregnancy, Drinking

By Steve Bryant
|  Friday, Nov 20, 2009  |  Updated 9:45 AM CDT
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No freedom for this press.

Administrators at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire spiked Friday's edition of the school's award-winning newspaper over three articles about honor students drinking and smoking, teen pregnancy and shoplifting, according to the Tribune.

That didn't sit well with press freedom advocates.

"It is irresponsible to withhold this information so they can protect their fantasy image of Stevenson as a place where no one has ever gotten pregnant or shoplifted," said Frank LoMante, executive director of the Virginia-based Student Press Law Center, to the Tribune.

Stevenson's paper, The Statesman, is regarded as one of the premier student newspapers in the nation. The paper most recently courted controversy in February, when it's "hooking up" edition shocked parents and administrators.

Read the full story on chicagotribune.com.

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