High School Newspaper Battling With District Over Story About Student In Adult Entertainment

Apr 24, 2019 by

STOCKTON (CBS13) — Students and administrators at a San Joaquin County school are caught up in a tense battle over freedom of speech.13" Directors Megaphone Hollywood Movie Set Party Prop

The student newspaper at Bear Creek High School in Stockton wants to publish a story about an 18-year-old student who works in adult entertainment. The district is laying on the brakes, claiming the article could be obscene. Currently, the article in The Bruin Voice is set to be published and distributed on May 3.

“When you are on the side of free speech you will never lose,” said Kathi Duffel, the journalism teacher who runs the Bruin Voice.

But Duffel could lose her job. The first letter from the district came earlier this month said she could be dismissed if a copy of the story isn’t provided before publication.

“I opened it up and read it in front of her and then I cried,” Duffel said.

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Those tears turned into defiance and frustration after talking with attorneys.

“We believe this student has every right to tell her story legally and that we have every legal right to tell it,” Duffel said.

Bailey Kirkeby is writing the story about the student who performs adult entertainment. She says the student does it to help pay rent and other expenses.

“I think a lot of people assume that she’s just the porn star but the story is actually giving her a personality,” Kirkeby said.

Source: High School Newspaper Battling With District Over Story About Student In Adult Entertainment – CBS Sacramento

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