Students suspended for satirical newspaper

Oct. 17, 2008 at 6:48 PM
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ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Seven students at a Michigan high school have been suspended for publishing a satirical newspaper that officials say was just too vulgar.

In addition to the five-day suspensions, the students must perform 30 hours of community service.

The head of the teachers' union in Ann Arbor went after The Masticore at a board of education meeting Wednesday, the Ann Arbor News reported.

"In my 33 years of teaching, I've never read anything so inappropriate and in poor taste," Linda Carter told the newspaper the next day. "I literally could not believe what I was reading."

Students at Pioneer High School got the newspaper Oct. 1 during their lunch break.

The newspaper used the real names of students and administrators. One student was shown with a male sexual organ superimposed on a picture taken from her Facebook page.

Karl Boothman, 17, one of the perpetrators of The Masticore, said that he and his colleagues were trying to entertain other students. But they realized, he said, when they saw how students reacted that they had done a bit more than they intended.

The students immediately apologized for the newspaper.

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