- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 24, 2007

WOODBURN, Ind. (AP) — The column in the student newspaper seemed innocent enough: advocating tolerance for people “different than you.”

But since sophomore Megan Chase’s words appeared Jan. 19 in the Tomahawk, the newspaper at Woodlan Junior- Senior High School, her newspaper adviser has been suspended and is fighting for her job.

At issue is whether Megan’s opinion column advocating tolerance of homosexuals was suitable for a student newspaper distributed to students in grades 7 through 12 and whether newspaper adviser Amy Sorrell followed protocol in allowing the column to be printed.

School officials in this community of 1,600 residents, 10 miles east of Fort Wayne, contend Miss Sorrell should have alerted Principal Ed Yoder to the article because of the sensitivity of the material.

“The way we view it is the broad topic of homosexuality is a sensitive enough issue in our society that the principal deserves to know that it’s something the newspaper is going to write about,” said Andy Melin, assistant superintendent of secondary education and technology.

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