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High School Newspaper Battling With District Over Story About Student In Adult...

•, Anna Giles

 Students and administrators at a San Joaquin County school are caught up in a tense battle over freedom of speech.

The student newspaper at Bear Creek High School in Stockton wants to publish a story about an 18-year-old student who works in adult entertainment. The district is laying on the brakes, claiming the article could be obscene. Currently, the article in The Bruin Voice is set to be published and distributed on May 3.

"When you are on the side of free speech you will never lose," said Kathi Duffel, the journalism teacher who runs the Bruin Voice.

But Duffel could lose her job. The first letter from the district came earlier this month said she could be dismissed if a copy of the story isn't provided before publication.

"I opened it up and read it in front of her and then I cried," Duffel said.