The Seattle Times' Opinion on "Public Forum" Student Papers


"But we say again it is a risky thing to give legal control of a high-school newspaper to students."

Seattle Times Editorial

Reply to Kurt

Kurt,

When you say "Although some of the stories may contain content that some people do not agree with, this is a reality with all newspapers" I wonder how you measure reality. You need to understand there is a big difference between the op-ed page, documentary, a fact-based article, and graphical content. The DCS policies clearly define what content is appropriate and The Squall has crossed that line in a few instances. Overall, I think everyone agrees it is a high-quality publication. The true "reality with all newspapers" is that they follow the policies established for that publication.

In case you are wondering, the policy states (among other things): 
"Such unprotected materials are those which... advocate the use or advertise the availability of any substance or material which may reasonably be believed to... urge the violation of law or school regulations."


Furthermore, "the Board has established a zero tolerance for alcohol and drug use" which establishes the ban on clothing that displays such products. The same logic easily applies to publications.


I would agree that DHS is a great school. That does not mean there is no room for improvement.