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Legislation Proposed to Reduce Censorship in High School Newspapers

February 12, 2002
By: Danielle Douglas
State Capital Bureau

Will high school principals have to find a new way to control their school newspapers? Danielle Douglas has more from Jefferson City:

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Teenage journalists may face fewer restrictions when writing for their school newspapers.

Under a proposal by state representative Joan Bray, only newspaper content considered obscene, defamatory or potentially dangerous would need advanced approval.

If sued, students would face blame for the material and not the school.

Yet, Bray says such lawsuits are rare.

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Contents: Bray says student journalists are very responsible and take work seriously.

This is the 9th time Rep. Bray introduced legislation concerning censorship in school newspapers.

From Jefferson City, Danielle Douglas.