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Principals: Back to Class on the 1st Amendment

June 30, 2002

On the same day that a Times editorial properly raises concern about the antics of a Palmdale principal who suspended two students for criticizing him in an underground newspaper (June 22), The Times also has an article about a Garden Grove teacher who will no longer be allowed to be the journalism teacher because the principal objects to the editorial views expressed by students in the school newspaper.

Apparently there are at least two high school principals who slept through civics class and who fail to have an even rudimentary understanding of the 1st Amendment. They further fail to understand the purpose of journalism classes. The current [Atty. Gen. John] Ashcroft mentality in the public school system is truly frightening and ultimately poses a great threat to our liberty.

Tom Johnson

Rancho Cucamonga

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