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U-High school newspaper offends many with provocative column

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Some journalism students and a teacher are learning a hard lesson in ethics after printing racial and offensive language in their high school newspaper. It happened at University High School in the Central Valley School District.

The latest edition of the school newspaper, The Mercury, was printed on Friday, April 9th. Random students were asked "If you could be famous for anything, what would you be famous for?"

One sophomore wrote he wants to be famous for quote" Killing someone famous." Others said "Mass murderer," "Having an affair with the President," "Dropping a nuke on the Middle East," "Killing the President with a trident," "Leader of the KKK" and "Being JFK's assassin."

A representative of the Central Valley School District said the principal of the school just became aware of the situation on Tuesday, April 13th, and has talked with the advisor of the newspaper and is looking into the problem.

They say it's routine not to have administrators read the school newspaper before it is printed.

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