Student to Student
Park City High School has always been proud of its award-winning school newspaper, The Prospector. Throughout the years students have enjoyed the humorous, tragic or thought-provoking stories that any good school newspaper offers.
There have always been some controversial articles, but they do accurately express the students’ opinions on the issue at hand, and therefore turn out to be the best articles that the paper produces.
The great part of The Prospector is that it is student controlled. It allows the writers to correctly speak up for the student body. This, however, has not been the case regarding one of The Prospector’s recent controversial stories.
The story at hand deals with a study that occurs every year at the high school called The Majority Report, in which students are asked to fill out a survey asking them questions such as "how many times have you used drugs in the last month?"
Students look forward to taking this survey because it is widely considered a big joke. Many students leave laughing about how they put down humorously exaggerated responses. So needless to say the report never comes out accurately.
When a member of The Prospector decided to write an article putting down the Majority Report, something happened that should never happen at a school newspaper, the administration told them that they could not print the story. "We usually do not have a problem, with this sort of thing", says a staff member of The Prospector who asked not to be named. "This situation did, however, cause uproar in the staff, because we think the article correctly states the student body’s view on the issue, and the administration has no right to silence us when that’s the case."
When word got out that administrators censored an article that they didn’t agree with, but the students did, it angered the student body in a way that I didn’t think was possible. High school students were actually concerned that this might become a regularly occurring event. It showed something about PCHS students: they do care about expressing their opinions and that we do find the school newspaper a valuable tool in doing so.
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