Kansas Scholastic Press Association says removal of SM North student journalists’ cameras likely crossed a legal line

Around 100 SM North students held an unsanctioned protest on the school’s front lawn Friday afternoon. Student journalists attempting to photograph the protest were told to stop.

The president of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association said that reports of student journalists’ photo equipment being confiscated by an administrator at SM North on Friday raise concerns about violation of the Kansas Student Publications Act of 1992.

KSPA president Jessica Bowman, who spent 15 years advising student publications at Canton-Galva High School before moving to her current role at Hillsboro High School, said the organization’s review of the actions toward student journalists suggested associate principal Brock Wenciker crossed a line.