SM North student says associate principal’s confiscation of cameras violated Kansas Student Publications Act

SM North student Grace Altenhofen told the board she believed the administration’s confiscation of student journalists’ cameras constituted a violation of the Kansas Student Publications Act.

Three days after she witnessed her colleagues from the school newspaper and yearbook have their cameras confiscated when they attempted to photograph a unauthorized protest, a Shawnee Mission North student journalist told the board of education and district administration that she believed the action represented a violation of the Kansas Student Publications Act.

Students gathered along Johnson Drive for a protest Friday. An administrator took away student journalists school-issued cameras when they tried to photograph the protest.

SM North junior Grace Altenhofen spoke during the public comment section of Monday’s board of education meeting, expressing her frustrations at what she characterized as the school administration’s efforts to censor students’ message during their National School Walkout demonstration.