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LETTERS TO THE TIMES

High School Newspaper and the Right to Privacy

June 26, 2003

Re "Students Assail School's Move to Kill Article," June 21: I am appalled that The Times would choose to further publish alleged details of a Venice High School teacher's background -- all of which are irrelevant to that teacher's job performance. The entire incident smacks of a vendetta arising from that teacher's tireless work to rid the school of soda and junk food.

The teacher and her students endeavored to raise public awareness of health problems such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, conditions that are at the very least exacerbated by poor dietary choices. The Oarsman is a school newspaper and any right it may have to publish "controversial" articles ends where a faculty member's right to privacy begins.

Judith R. Cooper

Los Angeles

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