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The Neshaminy Redskin controversy, the rights of student newspapers, and free speech on college campuses

January 14, 2014

Guests: Gillian McGoldrick, Frank LoMonte, and Greg Lukianoff

Last fall, the editors of Neshaminy High School’s student newspaper, The Playwickian, said they would no longer use the word ‘redskin’ in their publication. Redskin is Neshaminy’s longtime nickname and the name of its mascot. The school administration’s overturning of the ban on the word has raised concerns about the rights of student newspapers and censorship. The students recently announced that the ban of the word will resume and litigation in the case is pending. Joining us to discuss this case and others like it are GILLIAN MCGOLDRICK, Editor-in-Chief of The Playwickian, Neshaminy High School’s student paper, and FRANK LOMONTE, the Executive Director of the Student Press Law Center. Then we’ll check in with GREG LUKIANOFF, the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), on free speech on college campuses.

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