So there’s a situation going down at my school. I’m one of the editors at the local school paper and our last issue had an article called “The Rape Joke”. The Rape Joke article highlighted victims of rape and also highlighted rape culture. About a month or so after the entire magazine article was released, the principal at my school and the super intendant called my print journalism teacher down to discuss “issues” that they saw with The Rape Joke article. They have now implemented a new policy that allows the principal to review every article before it gets released to print and if the principal sees something he does not see fit for print, it then gets sent to the super intendant and if the super I. does not like it, it does not see the light of day. There was nothing wrong with the article in the slightest, we did not see a negative response to this, however we got the most positive reviews on the article and the issue than we have ever received before. This would mostly likely prevent us from writing articles about real topics and keep the rest of the school completely in the dark. This is basically the school censoring and silencing the student voice. Most likely if this does not get changed, our entire publication would be nothing but sports articles and movie/music reviews. This is a really bad thing for our publication and i’d hate to leave the highschool knowing that the cardinal columns newspaper is under the supervision of the principal etc. Recently, one of our staff writers started up a change.org petition (she started it yesterday actually) and last i checked it had close to 900 signatures. Not only is the petition going strong but local newscasts are telling our story and reporting on it which is really great. If you guys could PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION, it’d be the neatest thing you could do all day.
Okay, my followers! Even people that I don’t know! I NEED YOUR HELP ON THIS!!!
What I want you to do is reblog this and tag it #saveCardinalColumns
So my school has posted a story on rape in the school newspaper, and now my superintendent of my district wants to censor my school…
Please take a moment of your time to sign this very important petition it’s for a good cause and me and my fellow editors would really appreciate you helping to save our paper
edit: lmao idk why i put sign the petition, i saw this post and immediately assumed that the petition was linked with it. my apologies
In February 2014, Fond du Lac High School’s school-sponsored Cardinal Columns published a feature article by senior Tanvi Kumar titled “The Rape Joke”, documenting Rape Culture in school and its effects on students who are survivors of sexual abuse.
The article, a relevant, compelling and…
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