Newspapers pulled due to politically incorrect phrase





\nNEW YORK - The editor of Tully High School's student newspaper\nreceived heavy criticism from his community, school and local\nnewspaper for running an announcement about an annual school-sponsored\nevent and calling it a "slave auction."

Angry administrators pulled all 500 copies of the newspaper off\nthe stands, because the phrase "slave auction," they\nsaid, was banned last year and changed to "butler auction."

Student editor Lucas Ames claimed he was not informed of the change\nand was upset that administrators confiscated the newspapers.\nThe newspaper's budget, said Ames, could not afford a reprint\nof the paper.

Administrators finally agreed to pay for the reprint, but not\nwithout some heavy tongue lashing from the community toward the\nnewspaper's staff.

"I picked up a lot of heat from the community and teachers\nfor printing 'slave' in the first place and then trying to defend\nit," Ames said. The local press, according to Ames, even\nbrandished the staff as bigots.


reports, Spring 1999