Grand Island high school journalism program eliminated after LGBTQ topics published

Jessica Votipka, Grand Island Independent
Lincoln Journal Star

Excerpt: Grand Island Northwest Public Schools administrators eliminated its journalism program and student newspaper in June in what some former students and press freedom advocates call an act of censorship.

The school year-ending issue of the Saga newspaper included student editorials on LGBTQ topics, along with a news article titled “Pride and prejudice: LGBTQIA+” on the origins of Pride month and the history of homophobia. The Grand Island Independent, which had printed the school paper on its press, was informed via email in late May “the (journalism and newspaper) program was cut because the school board and superintendent are unhappy with the last issue's editorial content.”