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The Northwest Viking Saga, the student-run high school newspaper that reportedly went on hiatus in May due to editorial content, is returning in the spring semester in a different format.

Kirsten Gilliland, counselor and teacher for the newspaper program, confirmed to the Independent on Friday night that the saga will return to Northwest High School’s class offerings next semester, but in a digital incarnation.

Editorial content that allegedly led to the saga’s cancellation concerned Favorite Names and the newspaper’s June issue, which included articles written by students on LGBTQ issues.

Shortly after the Saga story came to light, the ACLU of Nebraska was one of the organizations that pushed back against the Northwestern Public Schools’ decision to ax the newspaper, which had been published for 54 years. .

Former Viking Saga newspaper staffers Marcus Pennell (left) and Emma Smith (right) display a pride flag outside Northwest High following the school’s decision to disband the 54-year-old journalism program due to written topics regarding the LBGTQ community.


According to Rose Godinez, an ACLU attorney leading Saga’s legal team, renewing the document is not enough.

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“In addition to the reinstatement of the school newspaper and its curriculum, we have called for the development and implementation of policies to protect LGBTQ students for policies that would be both reasonable and neutral to ensure this does not happen again. more.”

Godinez said the ACLU of Nebraska elaborated little on the publication’s print-and-ink presence.

“We haven’t really commented on the format, how this journal would be reinstated, or who the teacher would be to run it.”

Gilliland said, “They’re going to start with an online format,” but added that she wasn’t aware of any other plans for the student publication.

Except for who will advise and teach material for the award-winning student newspaper.

“I know it was gifted to another teacher.”

Mike Hiestand, senior legal counsel for the Student Press Law Center, has been with Saga since early summer when news of the publication’s sudden demise broke.

He said there appear to be ulterior motives in Northwestern Public Schools’ decision to bring back the paper without Gilliland.

In an email, Hiestand said: “I know why they do what they do. You know why they do what they do. And that has absolutely nothing to do with making sure that Grand Island students receive the best education possible.

Gilliland’s alleged successor was contacted by the Independent by phone and email for comment, but did not respond in time for publication.

North West Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Edwards and North West High School Principal PJ Smith have been contacted by phone, text and email to confirm Saga’s return and provide further details. comments.

The Independent has not yet received a response to these requests.

Godinez said the ACLU of Saga of Nebraska’s legal team also hasn’t heard from the district.

“We … have not been able to confirm or discuss reinstatement and other requests with the district attorney or the district.”

Last year’s Saga staffer Marcus Pennell said he was happy to hear that Saga was coming back – in any format.

“I’m not really sure,” he said. “It’s sad they didn’t say anything else about names and pronouns.”

Pennell’s name and preferred pronouns reportedly played a part in the cancellation of the saga, which came at the end of his senior year.

Pennell said, matter-of-factly, “It’s AP style to use people’s (preferred) names and pronouns.”

Godinez indicated that the “point of view discrimination” directed at Pennell and other LGBTQ Saga staffers is at the heart of the ACLU of Nebraska’s problem with the situation.

“The truth is that there has been harm here. We will not rest until we secure First Amendment rights for students – and the right to express themselves and essentially be who they are.

She said of the ACLU of Nebraska’s demands, which were submitted to Northwestern Public Schools by the affiliate’s legal team in late August:

“I want to reiterate that this includes not only restoring the school newspaper and the newspaper class, but also implementing policies and then acknowledging the missteps that have taken place.

“We will continue to press for all the demands we included in our initial letter.”

Jessica Votipka is an education reporter at the Grand Island Independent. She can be reached at 308-381-5420.