"I cannot tell you how much I appreciated the story on high school journalism (Cover, “Censored: The New Age of High School Journalism,” Sept. 26-Oct. 3). It is my hope that many people will read this story and understand the implications of teaching a generation to hold their tongues and their pens when they see an issue worth debating.
I am currently a senior communication major, with a focus in journalism, at the University of Indianapolis. And if it weren't for a high school basketball coach threatening my job for the upcoming summer (where his brother-in-law was a supervisor) after I wrote a column on the celebration of mediocrity with "Back-to-Back-to-Back Winning Seasons" T-shirts, I would have never discovered the power of free speech. I was 16, called into the coach's cramped office and given a 20-minute lecture on being careful about what I write.
Just as John Krull stated in his article, they may not like what you say, but if it is truth, they will listen.
Keep up the good work.
J. Dan Friend