Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Administrators Seize Copies of High School Paper

Administrators at Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee seized all the copies of the Oak Leaf, the high school's paper, that they could find, because the paper's staff published articles on birth control and tattoos and body piercing in the latest issue. The student who wrote the birth control article said she wrote it because she was worried about the rising rate of teen pregnancy at the school.  Administrators are concerned because students as young as fourteen read the paper, and because photographs of some students' tattoos accompany the body piercing/tattoo article, and those teens were below the age of consent to get the work done. The paper's advisor, teacher Wanda Grooms, is attempting to broker a compromise. Meanwhile, the Student Press Law Center is assisting the students. Read more here and here.

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