Forget the First Amendment, students fight censorship with cash

After principal refuses to print magazine, students raise money to pay their own printer

OREGON - Students at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis raised almost $850 to publish an uncensored version of their school's literary magazine after a principal objected to the inclusion of a story about sex abuse and a profanity-filled play in the magazine.

The students raised $550 in direct donations and almost $300 from a fund-raising concert to publish an alternative to the school-sponsored magazine, Variations. They printed 305 copies of their magazine, called Not Variations, and are selling them at area bookstores as well as in front of their school for $4.

Brian Collins, layout and production editor for the magazine, said the editors decided to publish the magazine independently because they disagreed with the principal's decision to censor.

"We have the moral and professional responsibility to maintain the integrity of the publication by fighting censorship," said Collins. "Variations is intended to present a reflection of the intellectual discourse that occurs at Crescent Valley. Censoring the publication creates a biased reflection of that discourse."

Crescent Valley High School, news, Oregon