Oh ... Really?

This IS America, isn’t it?

I am ... astounded. Simply astounded. This is America, right? We haven't abrogated our rights as protected under our Constitution and our political system is still a democratic republic, isn't it? I mean, this isn't like Iran or anything ... is it?

So .. what da heck is up with this? School paper pulled by officials (Log in with knoxnews@yahoo.com/knoxnews ... courtesy Bugmenot.com)

OK ... I grew up in that town and graduated from this high school. In fact, I was on staff of this newspaper during my senior year. I know for a fact that had the administration tried something like this on us, it would have erupted into World War III. The administration knew this too, and never would have even considered pulling an entire issue. We might have had a lecture on appropriate topics for a high school newspaper and blah blah blah. Like we would have listened ... but anyway, the thought of trampling our civil rights in this manner would have never have even been entertained.

Birth control and body art ... like these are highly controversial things anyway. Holy crap. The birth control article emphasizes the fact that nothing guarantees protection from pregnancy or disease, and states very plainly that only abstinence will fully protect one from these negative consequences. Are we getting so head-in-the-sand that we must not even bring up the topic lest our little darlings take that as condoning of teenage premarital sex? Talk about delusional.

I know very little about the body art article, but what the hell? You know, I can think of a lot worse things that kids could do than poke a couple extra holes in themselves. So a couple of these kids wanted to share their experience with body art. What the hell is so controversial in that?

What is so controversial in either of these subjects that it would prompt school officials to take such a fascist stance as this? Yes, I did say fascist because there is no other description for it. I am outraged. I may just have to give Principle Becky Ervin and Superintendent Thomas Bailey a little call on Monday morning.

Or email:
Becky Ervin .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Thomas Bailey .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

UPDATE- A follow up article in today's Knoxville News-Sentinel: Paper's seizure raises questions

MORE UPDATE: National News, baybee! Picked up by the AP - Tennessee H.S. Pulls Copies of Student Paper

Interesting .... I sent this over to John Ray at TongueTied, a site that "Carp(s) about the excesses of clueless crybabies since the turn of the century." They specialize in skewering outrageous instance of overly PC behavior. The site has a decidedly politically right/conservative lean ... obviously, since all things PC is a leftie/liberal concern, primarily. The reaction has been mixed, and fascinating in the comments to the article there. While all are dismayed at the idea of censorship of a student newspaper because a few people might be offended, they are tripping over the birth control angle ... it is a conservative stance to teach only abstinence in schools and keep birth control out of the discussion. It would seem that it is OK to be offended if the subject is birth control .... how very interesting.

Michelle Malkin has a post about the editing of a photo of a kids book illustrator to remove the cigarette from his hand. Oh the outrage! "How about shut up and publish, and leave the anti-tobacco zealotry to the ashtray cops?" says Michelle. I wonder what, if anything, she will say about the censorship of a birth control article? Will we see the same outrage?

The potential for hypocrisy is enormous ... we shall see.

(Well crap ... I can't win for losing. Another blogger posted the article too, and THEY get the Instalaunch ... at least I got a tiny nod in a Rocky Top Stroll. It looks like that was good for 12 hits at least! /sarcasm)

Through sources, I have been able to obtain a late draft of the birth control article ... it is in the extended section ...


Posted by LissaKay on 11/25/05 at 05:00 AM in Local News Our World
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