Times-News: Twin Falls H.S. Principal Censors Immigration Story From Student Newspaper 

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The Twin Falls Times-News reports
 the Twin Falls High School principal censored his school's student newspaper, quashing a story examining perceptions toward local immigrants.

A student reporter, working on a story that included a survey of student opinions on Muslims and Islamophobia, was preparing to share the report in the Bruin News, the Twin Falls High School student newspaper. However, according to the Times-News, a school district spokeswoman said Principal Dan Vogt suppressed the story "to help maintain a safe and united community at the school."

The Times-News added the student survey was approved by Vogt and voluntarily distributed to the high-school student body. Questions included: "How do you feel about Muslims in the United States?" and "Is Islamophobia a considerable problem in America?"

Vogt later said comments regarding the survey lit up Twitter and Facebook and, after meeting with the staff of the newspaper, he decided to pull the story.

"Our January issue did not go as we planned in any sense of the word," read a letter from the paper's editor in its February edition.

School officials told the Times-News that the school district's policy regarding school newspapers is within the law and allows students to appeal the decision.
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