Wisconsin principal censors censorship photo

Student Press Law Center

A high school principal in Wisconsin censored a photo accompanying an article about the school’s new censorship guidelines, Lydia Coutré reports for the Student Press Law Center.

 

The new guidelines “allow the principal to censor content that ‘substantially interfere(s) with the educational process, educational environment, or rights of other students,’” Coutré writes. They also request that adults in the building get courtesy titles in front of their last names as a sign of respect.

SPLC wrote about those guidelines on March 12, which began with a February issue on rape culture at the school. Jonathan Turley, a lawyer and professor of law at George Washington University, ran the censored story in full on his blog.

According to Coutré’s story, students launched an online petition in March that has nearly 6,000 supporters.

(Principal Jon) Wiltzius said he couldn’t answer questions about students’ First Amendment rights.

“All I know is that we are a public school,” Wiltzius said. “We’re guided by school board policy, and policy indicates that we must have guidelines for anything that we print or present as school-related. So that’s what I’m adhering to until I’m told differently.”

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  • Prof_Cavanagh

    “The lack of understanding of knowing what the message was made it very clear that that wasn’t something that we should print in our newspaper,” Wiltzius said.

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