Principal denies student's editorial


Article denouncing controversy, too controversial, says principal





\nTEXAS - The definition of irony: When Adam Martinez wrote\nan editorial for the high school newspaper, he demanded a stop\nto an act he thought controversial, but his principal pulled the\nstory, fearing it would be, well, too controversial.

Martinez's editorial in the Dixie Dispatch, of which adviser John\nBriggs approved, criticized students' behavior at football games,\nwhere the team is known as the Rebels, for waiving Confederate\nflags. However, Principal George Cooper, who has prior review\npower, thought it would create a disturbance in the school and\nforbade the publication of the article. In its place ran a message\nwishing the school happy holidays from the newspaper staff.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the Confederate flag\nused to be the symbol of Midland Lee High School, but the school\ndistrict abandoned it in 1991 after increasing complaints.

The school, therefore, is not to have any affiliation with the\nflag, including at football games, but according to Briggs, the\nadministration tends to look the other way from the student cheering\nsection.

The Chronicle stated Cooper said he censored the article\nbecause there was no relevance to the issue today. "There\nwas not any real reason to resurrect that," he said.

However, the Midland-Reporter Telegram heard of the censorship\nstory and printed Martinez's editorial, and according to Briggs,\nMartinez continues to write for the Dispatch, happy that\nhis story and opinion was published somewhere.


reports, Spring 1999