School Newspaper Closes Over April Fools Jokes
A Florida school-run newspaper is being shut down for being too harsh during their annual April Fools edition of the paper. The Reporter, run through Stetson University, announced it was done for the rest of the season and has fired its editorial staff after the paper took it too far. The issue, which annually makes fun of the student body and staff on April 1st, featured racial comments and other columns advocating rape and domestic violence. The students were giving a short time to clear out their belongings and were forced to leave the paper room. The edition, dubbed The Distorter, caused everyone to lose their jobs at the paper, even students who had no say whatsoever in what was written or who chose not to be involved. Some students feel the punishment may be too harsh and that the paper is overlooking the lesson they learned.