"I am opposed to any form of tyranny over the mind of man."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"Censorship reflects society's lack of confidence in itself........"
-- Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart
"This is slavery, not to speak one's thought."
--Euripedes [Greek tragic poet]
Yesterday Oak Ridge High School censored The Oak Leaf due to articles pertaining to contraceptives, abstinence, and body piercing. The administration's actions in this matter were rash and unreasonable, not to mention unlawful because of The Oak Leaf's public forum status. It doesn't matter what the subject is, I am strongly against censorship. Despite any hostility I've expressed toward The Oak Leaf (which everyone at ORHS has), I support Brittney and the rest of the Oak Leaf staff.
I just heard about this yesterday from Mr. Pickering and never realized how huge this shit would get. I've heard legal action, by the one teacher who runs the paper, against the princial/ school board.
Here is the article that caused The Oak Leaf, the ORHS paper, to be censored. It made it onto the front pages of the Knoxville News Sentential and the Oak Ridger. ( Please read...Collapse )