CENSORSHIP: HS PRINCIPAL FIRES BEST JOURNO TEACHER
So they say everything is bigger in Texas, right? That certainly seems to be true when it comes to being a horse’s ass. We’ll circle around to it. There’s a pretty good high school in Dallas-Fort Worth, the Prosper High School. But its school newspaper, the Eagle Nation Online, is pretty much excellent, or at least it used to be even more excellent. The paper’s advisor was Lori Oglesbee-Petter. She’s a journalism teacher who has more than 34 years of experience. Just last year alone, her students won 175 Texas state and US national awards. That’s pretty much excellent. But the horse’s ass is John Burdett, the new HS principal who just fired the Journo Teacher Lori. Why? Censorship. I know, right? Horse’s ass. He’s censoring everyone he can.
CENSORING LIKE IT’S THE 1950’S ALL OVER AGAIN, TEACHERS, STUDENTS AND ONLINE PAPER
Burdett jumped into the paper’s process last year, intervening in the editorial decisions and censoring the student journalists. He had ordered everyone at the paper to give him any articles that violated “community norms” to confirm as the shadow Empire editor. Since there was no understanding of what “community norms” meant, everyone at the paper started giving him all their articles for approval. If you think there’s something rotten in the state of Denmark, you’d be right. If it sounds like the principal just might be a major Fox news watcher and emulator, you’d likely be right as well. The shoe fits, and he’s wearing it. This isn’t good news. This shouldn’t be happening in America, but especially in the Lone Star State. Texas is independent, but this is not independence.
TEACHER FIRED FOR SUPPORTING STUDENT ARTICLES CRITICAL OF HS PRINCIPAL
Oglesbee-Petter can’t talk about why her contract was not renewed, or rather, why this jackass fired her. But the student journalists who worked with her have been pretty blunt. They say it’s direct retaliation for her support and encouragement of their critical thinking and real, old-school journalism. She also encouraged them to investigate and question school authorities in the school, such as the new principal who fired Oglesbee-Petter. Burdett’s three censored articles from last year were one about removing “A Separate Peace” from the curriculum, an editorial criticizing his response to the Parkland school shooting as disorganized and an article about his having arbitrarily cancelled a senior class movie night. Get it? This guy gets to do what Trump can only dream of. It’s a sign of dark times.
HA PRINCIPAL BANS ALL EDITORIALS, HAS TO APPROVE ALL ARTICLES, CENSORING!
Horse, meet your Ass. It’s a principal in Texas. Guess what Burdett did next? He permanently banned all editorials from the school paper. Clearly, Trump would love to have this power too. The parallels seem apt, especially since the POTUS seems to be locked into high school age behavior. This principal has the power to demand nothing but happy, fake news from the school newspaper. But that’s not what the paper is for. It’s definitely not there to teach used-to-be-inspired journalism students to churn out Fake News. So now screw ups are also something else bigger in Texas. First this HS principal fires maybe the best high school journo teacher in the country. Then he completely muzzles the student paper. Something is wrong here. We’ve gone back to a bad time in US history.