Sex Ed Becomes a Lesson in Press Freedom

But Meyers has refused to make the changes required by school officials, and Thomas said Meyers' article would be replaced by a white space with a short amount of text stating that "the writer felt revisions that the principal required would hurt the integrity of the story."

Meyers said a revised article "wouldn't be from me and I don't think it would be right for her [the principal] to tell me it was an either-or situation."

The message is getting out anyway. Martha Whittingham of the school's parent-teacher-student organization said she had seen the articles online, and Thomas said some students had snuck some copies out. She and Meyers also said they are considering publishing the article off-campus and distributing it independently.

"It's really exciting to see people who usually don't want to read get excited about this story," Thomas said.

When it comes to sex education, freedom of the press should be absolute, said Cynthia Dailard of the Alan Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit for sexual and reproductive health.

"There is no evidence that denying kids about sex or contraception is in any way protective," she said.

Thomas says even if the paper is printed, there may continue to be a court fight. "Right now what we're fighting is the principal's right to do it," she said.

Reflecting on her six remaining months of high school, she added: "Whatever comes of this, I'm not going to experience. It's more for future generations."

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