Friday, October 31, 2008

Student editor receives 5-day suspension

The Marin Independent Journal reports today that a student at Redwood High School in Larkspur who publishes an online conservative newspaper has been suspended from school for five days.

Why? Officials with the Tamalpais Union High School District said they could not discuss individual students or disciplinary actions. But Cyrus Massoumi (pictured) said he was suspended from school on Wednesday for distributing flyers directing students to his online newspaper, which he previously stored on a school computer server.

He said that there are articles in The Deadwood Barf -- a parody of the school newspaper The Redwood Bark -- that many people might find offensive. But Massoumi said school administrators went too far in their response, sending a security guard to remove him from class and asking him to undergo a psychological evaluation.

"They asked me to sign a 'no violence' contract, saying that if I refused they would call the police and have me declared a physical threat," said Massoumi, 17. "It's ridiculous."

Although Massoumi doesn't mention any Redwood students or teachers by name in his paper, he doesn't shy from satirical attacks on environmentalists, Israel, gay rights activists, women and his fellow Marin residents. (Photo credit: IJ, Frankie Frost)

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