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Debate rages over school newspaper banning mascot mention

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by TopSpin, Apr 30, 2014.

  1. TopSpin

    TopSpin Member

    From the article:

    And the local papers' stance:


    Link: http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/local/neshaminy-considers-policy-to-force-student-newspaper-to-use-controversial/article_e428e2ef-5113-5d58-924e-d0b056691e04.html
     
  2. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Re: Debate rages over school newspaper banning macot mention

    The Neshaminy Mall has a nice movie theater.
     
  3. joe

    joe Active Member

    Re: Debate rages over school newspaper banning macot mention

    If the school board prevents the paper from banning use of the word, doesn't that mean the paper can use that word? Either way, that's a terrible sentence.
     
  4. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    Re: Debate rages over school newspaper banning macot mention

    This might be the dumbest "free speech" argument yet:

    School board member Steve Pirritano said The Playwickian’s ban would violate the First Amendment rights of students who wanted to publish articles in the district’s newspaper.

    “If my son wants to write something proud about being a Redskin football player, the students on that paper, under the law, have no right to tell him he has to take the word ‘Redskin’ out of there,” he said.


    A newspaper banning a word is not an infringement on anyone's free-speech rights.

    You know what IS an infringement on people's free-speech rights? A government entity like a school board telling a newspaper it MUST allow the word into print.
     
  5. champ_kind

    champ_kind Member

    Re: Debate rages over school newspaper banning macot mention

    why doesn't the school board just vote to change the mascot?
     
  6. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Re: Debate rages over school newspaper banning macot mention

    No shit.

    I guess there are people out there who use Dan Snyder as a moral compass.
     
  7. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    Re: Debate rages over school newspaper banning macot mention

    More dumbassery:

    “You (students) don’t get the right to tell them what to say or not say simply because you are an editor,” Levin said. “They (students) don’t have the right to prohibit someone from using the word simply because they don’t like the word if it meets all other standards.”

    So, standards are good, except when they're bad.
     
  8. schiezainc

    schiezainc Well-Known Member

    Re: Debate rages over school newspaper banning macot mention

    What's a macot?
     
  9. TopSpin

    TopSpin Member

    Re: Debate rages over school newspaper banning macot mention

    It's a hybrid bird and sleeping cot. Fixed.
     
  10. Morris816

    Morris816 Member

    Re: Debate rages over school newspaper banning macot mention

    More like "but-but-but TRADITION!"
     
  11. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    I generally have a policy to never refer to any school's female teams as the "Lady" {Eagles, Wildcats, etc etc etc.}, or much worse, the "{Eagle}-ettes".

    Once or twice over the decades some parent or somebody called to bitch. They usually got over it.
     
  12. fossywriter8

    fossywriter8 Active Member

    For one year a few seasons back, an area school's official nickname for its girls team was Lady 'Kaders. They switched back to Stockaders the next year.
    Until this year, an area school's official nickname for its girls teams was Buckettes. Now, as with the boys, they are called Bucks.
    There is also a school in our region of the state whose official nickname for its girls teams until recently was Wildkittens.
     
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