UPDATE: Oshkosh Superintendent responds to your emails regarding the Oshkosh North Star with a blanket PR statement about freedom.

If you’ve been following along with the prior post about Oshkosh North High School administrators censoring student media, trying to force a student journalist to give up a confidential source and relying on a policy of prior restraint, here’s your update of the day.

It seems you have been emailing the administration with your concerns, as was witnessed by this response a friend forwarded me:


The policies that were passed were part of the board’s overall policy revisions as suggested by NEOLA, a policy mill with a strong anti-student rights stance where free speech and press are involved.

In the following days and weeks, we’ll be digging into what all of this involves, but in the meantime, please feel free to continue to email the following people and express yourself regarding this North Star situation. You might get a robo-response like this one, suitable for framing. Or the wheels might start turning toward student press freedom once again.

  • Oshkosh North Principal Jacquelyn Kiffmeyer: jacquelyn.kiffmeyer@oshkosh.k12.wi.us
  • Oshkosh Superintendent Vickie Cartwright:
  • Barbara Herzog, the school board president:

More to follow as it becomes available.

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