Posted on October 25, 2007

Survey Prompts Pulling of School Newspaper

Rob Daniel, Iowa City Press-Citizen, October 24, 2007

Several City High students are upset after school administrators pulled issues of the school newspaper that contained results of a survey about racial attitudes Friday.

The Oct. 19 edition of the Little Hawk was pulled at about 1:30 p.m. Friday following complaints from black students at the school, executive editor Adam Sullivan said Tuesday. He said City High principal Mark Hanson pulled the issues unfairly.


The student newspaper published a survey of 350 students about their attitudes on race, religion and sexuality. According to the survey, 13 percent of those polled viewed black students unfavorably, while 2 percent viewed white students unfavorably.

Hanson said the survey, as well as an editorial pleading for racism at City High to be addressed, caused three “near-fights” between students Friday. He said he decided to pull the issue to promote student safety.


Sullivan said the articles were meant to create discussion about race among students. He said there have been a growing number of black students at the school in recent years, a trend that has caused tension among some students, he said. While Hanson said he did not think the survey was accurate, Sullivan said he was happy with the newspaper.