High school newspapers sure aren't what they used to be.
The Adlai E. Stevenson High School newspaper recently published a "hooking up" issue, detailing the casual sexual encounters of the Lincolnshire school's students. As one might expect, the paper created a remarkable amount of controversy, but not for the reason you might think.
The school's administration is not criticizing the newspaper's adult-themed content; rather, they say the problem lies in the poor reporting of that content.
The "hooking up" issue drew stories of sexual experiences from several students (including one male student's effective pursuit to have sex with a girl at a party) and then went on to identify those students by name.
But the paper did not interview any students who stood against having casual sex and therefore lacked fair comparison, the administration said.
In response, the high school administration has created a newspaper review board that will likely include the head of the English Department.
But some parents and First Amendment advocates are criticizing the move.
Barbara Thill, the journalism teacher who serves as newspaper adviser, did not return calls for comment.