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In Bakersfield, California, three student editors are suing their school’s superintendent for pulling the plug on an issue of their newspaper that explored the topic of gay teenagers, reported the Monterey Herald. As more student journalists express interest in writing about gay and lesbian topics, censorship in school newspapers appears to be on the rise, said Mark Goodman of the Student Press Law Center. It’s striking that such censorship is occurring in California, one of only six states granting student journalists the same freedom of speech as professional journalists. “Without a question, it’s fair to say the students are more comfortable with the topic than administrators,” said Goodman.