- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 18, 2014

The adviser of a Pennsylvania student paper was suspended following the newspaper’s refusal to print the word “Redskins” — the school’s mascot — and the student editor-in-chief has been suspended from her position for one month.

After receiving a letter to the editor that used the word “Redskins” several times, the student staff of the Neshaminy High School paper, The Playwickian, decided to just print the first letter followed by dashes, “R––-,” following Associated Press style for derogatory language.

But according to a press release from the Student Press Law Center (SPLC), the school principal “told the students to print the word in full or not print the paper at all.”

The superintendent of the Neshaminy school district suspended the paper’s adviser, Tara Huber, winner of the 2014 Pennsylvania School Press Association’s Journalism Teacher of the Year, for Tuesday and Wednesday following the controversy.

The newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Gillian McGoldrick, was also suspended as editor for one month, the SPLC said.



Calls to the school district Thursday went unanswered.

The incident in Pennsylvania comes just days after student journalists were refused entrance to a press conference in Illinois.

A staff member for Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, told the students they could not attend the event on medical marijuana because they were not “professionals.”

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