UCISD halts newspaper in classrooms program

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Jeanette Ball has stopped the delivery of the Uvalde Leader-News to classrooms following the publication of a news story on Sept. 10 about a high school student who took her own life.

Ball told newspaper publisher Craig Garnett and Newspapers in Education coordinator Olga Charles that parents and some members of the district staff were upset about the news story and did not want their students to read such accounts in the Leader-News.

“I have to be sensitive to the feelings of our parents and their students,” Ball said in a meeting regarding the NIE program. Ball said that if she surveyed the district she would find that most felt that the Leader-News did not support the UCISD.

“The story about the death of 15-year-old Heaven Arias was indeed tragic and not something you want to report, but it happened. We also followed that with a number of stories about how parents and educators could find help for children who are in trouble,” Garnett said. “The vast majority of the news we report about the UCISD is positive, from the weekly school news columns, to Coyote Howl to the hundreds of stories about sporting events and student achievement.”

The Uvalde Leader-News Newspapers in Education program, which is in its 10th year, places around 350 papers twice a week in classrooms throughout the district.

Newspapers also go to Sacred Heart Catholic School and Knippa Independent School District. Newspapers are paid for by sponsors who contribute $14 per student to provide the service.



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