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Schools should monitor social media in cases of bullying, dangerous behavior

Schools should monitor social media in cases of bullying, dangerous behavior

Ben Wicklund, Social Media Reporter

March 21, 2017

“Congress shall make no law to abridge the freedom of speech.” The First Amendment of the United States Constitution seems to be very clear about the guidelines surrounding the ability to voice your opinions, the government cannot abridge, or impose restrictions on, free speech. The problem of this amendment arises in its p...

Sexism and censorship unfortunately alive and well

Sexism and censorship unfortunately alive and well

Abby Banks, Layout Editor

November 15, 2016

A girl in LA has been told by her art teacher to cover up nudity in her art project after a parent night at the school where a mother complained about the project being “pornographic.” The project was only painted over, but the student used the change as a platform to advocate against censo...

Social media working as efficient communication medium on terrorism

Social media working as efficient communication medium on terrorism

Cates Eliasen, Online Editor

November 6, 2016

Videos of  the Paris attacks were uploaded to Youtube almost immediately. The Orlando shooting was shown to many in real time through Snapchat. News of ISIS attacks are updated constantly on Twitter. There is no doubt that social media and terrorism have a strong link, however, the debate falls on whether that is...

Trump’s out of control Twitter more than a nuannce

Trump's out of control Twitter more than a nuannce

Hunter Hippel, Online Editor

January 11, 2016

There are endless criticisms of Donald Trump, the President-elect.  That comes with any president, especially after the brutal election cycle, when candidates are attacking each other through ads and announcements.  But this election Trump used a new platform, something we had never seen used...

China leads the way towards increased web censorship

Many schools worldwide limit the amount of potentially harmful or distracting websites by blocking them. However, now we are finding web censorship outside of school. Reed said, “I think that the U.S. should stay with little to no web censorship. Censoring the internet the same for everybody in the country is not fair. “

Dan Strand

January 27, 2014

With an average number of 58 million tweets a day, people all over the world are whipping out their phones and accessing social media every second.  This is one of the many luxuries the world wide web has brought its users.  The internet is known for being a very quick and easy way to access any inf...

Schools do not have the right to censor books

Ahnika Kroll

January 26, 2014

Throughout our history as a species, we have tried to suppress knowledge from each other, as an attempt to stay on top of the knowledge hierarchy.  This vicious process is known as censorship.  Censorship is the suppression of knowledge from the public that could be considered harmful in some way, as...

Stillwater escapes grasp of censorship

Although no book has been banned at SAHS, there have been attempts. Teachers have to weigh out the controversial issues and the learning experience. Hansen said, “The riskiest book I teach right now… is The Kite Runner. That has a rape in it, it’s a pre teen boy raping a younger boy which I always think, you know, how’s the class going to handle this?”

Colin Peters

January 25, 2014

Compared to plenty of other student populations, Stillwater Area High School students are amazingly lucky. With a nationaly renowned yearbook and newspaper, SAHS has had experiences with attempts at censorship. Censorship of books in English rooms and books in the library, as well as newspaper and yearbook...

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