Principal Defends Free Speech, Even if Offensive

School Editorial Blasts Gays

“I realize biology commits many reproductive errors. Homosexuality can be one of them.” So wrote high school student Thomas Benjamin, who thinks gays don’t deserve to marry.

Those words appeared in an editorial in Atlanta-located Kell High’s newspaper, sparking a controversy over what should and should not be printed on school grounds.

Though she knew people would be upset over Benjamin’s piece, Kell High principal Trudie Donovan says it’s not her place to censor students, “My job is the safety and security of the school, not censorship.” School officials agree: Donovan should have printed the piece. The paper’s now looking for a counter-point editorial to take on Benjamin’s exclusionary beliefs.