Update on The Spokesman Situation
According to Shaunna Pickett, editor-in-chief of the Promethean, the problems began when the students that spoke out against the Office of Student Affairs were asked to meet with the Vice-President of Student Affairs individually. The students refused and decided to meet as a group.
Shortly after, the advisor to the yearbook and newspaper was dismissed and they were assigned an interim advisor, the VP of Student Affairs. The students contested on the grounds that the school and newspaper should not be that closely connected and the student Bill of Rights allows for student organizations to choose their own advisors.
Meetings scheduled for the students to meet with administrators have been cancelled indefinetly. According to Pickett, it was like receiving a “no comment” to their concerns.
After speaking with a lawyer for advice, they found that they would have a fighting chance for a Retaliation Case. Although they are not heavily considering legal action, Pickett said, “If we need to go that route, we’re not afraid to go there.”