Friday, April 15, 2005

Student Speaks Out

Sarah Lawrence is an honors student at Collinsville High School and editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, The Kahoki. In the last issue, she used her column to list ten things that should be changed, and took particularly hard shots at the guidance counselors and math teachers (calling the latter "some of the worst teachers any of us have ever seen"). The counselors and faculty members were understandably outraged, but no disciplinary action has been taken against anyone, including the paper's adviser, who had to approve the column before it went to print. That English teacher is not tenured, and I can't help but wonder how they may affect her future at CHS.

Sarah was on my KMOX show today to explain herself and take phone calls, which she handled remarkably well. She has no regrets, is still EIC of the paper, and appears to have quite a few supporters both inside and outside the school. On the other hand, the school administration is not commenting, because they're prohibited by law from doing so.

At the very least, this should spark some serious classroom discussions about freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and whether having the right to do something means it's always right to do it.