Adviser Steps Down after Student Paper's Sex Edition

Teacher resigns position after school implements new restrictions

Earlier this year, the Adlai E. Stevenson High School newspaper published a "hooking up" issue, detailing the sexual encounters of the Lincolnshire school's students.

The administration did not criticize the adult content; rather, they took issue with the "reckless" reporting. Since then, the Statesman has been submitted to a review board before it went to print.

On Tuesday, student staff members said the student paper's adviser, Barbara Thill, will resign from her position next year because of the changes. She will continue to teach English at the school, but she will not teach journalism nor help students with the publication.

"She did resign, but she was not asked to do so," news editor Pam Selman, 17, told the Tribune.

Students had been told that Thill was actually offered a chance to teach one of the two journalism classes next year, but she declined.

The young journalists will miss her as an adviser.

"She has taught us everything we know," said Eunice Chung, 17, managing editor for production.

School officials declined to comment.

Matt Bartosik, editor of Off the Rocks' next issue and "between blogs" blogger, reviewed movies for his junior-high newspaper.

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