Editorial: In Opposition to the Censorship of Regis’ Elevate


Last week, Regis Jesuit High School retracted the winter issue of their school magazine, Elevate, and fired both of their advisors. Why? A student wrote an opinion article talking about pro-choice views on abortion.

A student journalist wrote a piece titled, “The Battle for Our Bodies: Confronting Abortion and Human Rights.” Shortly after it was published, Regis revoked the magazines and deleted the story from their online website.

The article was written in support of the pro-choice movement, the view that women should have the right to elect an abortion or not. The article stated how abortion should remain legal due to potentially more deaths due to performing illegal and unsafe abortions.

It also mentioned how religious beliefs should never interfere with one’s body and choices. Regis has historically been against this view. 

In a statement made by Regis, administration found the story “deeply troubling and unacceptable.” The statement goes on to talk about how Regis has “failed” to teach the correct views and beliefs on this issue.

Regis is a private school, meaning they are exempt from a majority of state education regulations, thus allowing them the ability to censor their student publications. With saying this, why should they be allowed to censor any opinion that doesn’t follow the school’s beliefs.

We at the Grandview Chronicle recognize the importance of freedom of speech, especially in student journalism. At Grandview, we are allowed to publish our stories without fear of censorship.

We will always stand by our fellow student journalists and advocate for their rights.

Regis Jesuit High School has gone against their own editorial policy printed in the magazine, which states that the admin shall not practice prior review to articles being published.

Regis’ student journalists should not be held to the standard of only expressing views matching those of their school. They should have 1st Amendment rights that allow them to convey their own personal opinions.

The Grandview Chronicle will always be against this type of censorship of student journalism, especially with our fellow publication staffs in the Centennial area.