Calif. principal seizes student newspaper to stop article on alleged school safety lapses

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The principal of a Central Valley high school in California confiscated the student newspaper over an article that quoted school administrators as saying recent lockdown drills and two reports of weapons on campus revealed poor communication.

Principal Shirley McNichols of Bear Creek High School in Stockton stopped distribution of 1,700 copies of the monthly Bruin Voice newspaper last week, saying a front-page article about allegedly outdated safety policies could panic students.

Editor-in-Chief Justine Change and adviser Kathi Duffel told The Record of Stockton ( ) that the principal was embarrassed about what the article exposed.

McNichols denied that.


Information from: The Record,