April 15, 2010 in City

U-Hi student newspapers destroyed

From staff reports The Spokesman-Review

Most copies of the student newspaper at University High School in the Central Valley School District have been destroyed by school officials after offensive remarks appeared.

“I didn’t feel it was appropriate at all,” Principal Daryl Hart said Wednesday.

The April 9 edition of the Mercury contained a question-and-answer column in which reporters asked students, “If you could be famous for anything, what would you be famous for?”

The answers included “Killing someone famous,” “Mass murderer,” “Having an affair with the president,” “Dropping a nuke on the Middle East,” “Killing the president with a trident,” “Leader of the KKK” and “Being JFK’s assassin.”

Hart said the school is investigating to make sure there was no serious intent to the remarks. No decision has been made regarding disciplinary action.

Student editors Danny Bush and Tyler Pursch said they didn’t see the remarks before the paper went to press. The newspaper’s staff of three put the paper together at the end of the second trimester – a stressful time for most students.

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