High school newspaper's article on homosexuality won't be posted online

The Blade

The student newspaper at Sylvania Northview High School near Toledo published an opinion package called "A deeper look into homosexuality," with five columns stating varying views on homosexuality and a poll. Principal Steve Swaggerty tells The Blade's Nolan Rosenkrans that the story upset many at the school and could make some students feel unsafe. "Though Mr. Swaggerty did not believe any students will be disciplined for the article, he said there will be repercussions. 'A deeper look into homosexuality' will not be included with the rest of the edition when posted online." The school is also reviewing its "hands-off approach" to the student paper.

The Blade praised the student journalists in an editorial: "Nothing shocking or incendiary in any of this, unless you're a parent or a school administrator who'd rather stick your head in the sand than to admit that sex -- gay and straight -- may be the most important but least openly discussed topic in high school."

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.


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