Principal reverses decision on posting of misconduct story

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Student journalists at a Vermont high school who were asked by the principal to remove a story they broke about unprofessional conduct charges against a guidance director can now repost the article.

Burlington High School Principal Noel Green said Thursday since the story was published elsewhere, students could republish the story.

Students received a tip about the investigation and filed a records request. They published a story Monday night.

Green asked them Tuesday to remove it. A new law protects student journalists but still protects administrators if they find a story disrupts a school’s ability to perform its educational mission.

The students removed it. Green reversed his decision Thursday, citing other media picking up the story.

Green said he would meet with students Friday. Students planned to attend a school board meeting Thursday.

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