Students face “lockdown” on publication

By Jennifer Hinkle
October 28, 1999
The Post (Athens, Ohio): front page

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As Mrs. Beverly Aeh threw a few more logs on the bonfire in her backyard Tuesday night, her daughter Devin happily welcomed more than two dozen of her classmates into her home and yard.

Although the driveway was spacious, late arrivers had a difficult time finding a parking spot.

Nelsonville-York High School students of various social cliques overcame their differences as they huddled together to discuss important free speech issues.

These students are learning a lesson in civil liberties as they defend their rights to publish an underground newspaper and other essays against the school’s administrators.

The underground newspaper, The Lockdown, was distributed throughout the high school last week. It featured student articles that used obscenities referring to the school’s principal, Tim Flescher. It protested school policies that prohibit backpacks in school, soda in the classroom and sleeping during study hall.

But the newspaper also defended the students’ rights to have their opinions heard by administrators, wear wallet chains and to not attend pep rallies.

In light of the negative response to the newspaper, school officials threatened to suspend any students involved in publishing another issue. The students involved plan to do it anyway.

Senior Devin Aeh helped produce the underground newspaper funded by students through donations and their own money. She said The Lockdown is a way for students to
express themselves through writing.

“The madder kids get, the more violent they get,’ Aeh said “If they have a way to get their feelings out by writing them down, then they won’t be as violent.”

Aeh said students are angry because they believe Flescher has overstepped his authority in the school system. Flescher, who is new to the district this year, declined to comment on the issue.

The late night meeting also allowed students to voice their opinions about senior Noelle Cardaras’s

[Editor’s note, 2/16/03 — The continuation of this article is missing from my digital scans of old newspapers, and no portion of the article is currently available online. I will try to find the rest of this article and post it soon.]

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