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Texans Talk Policies

The purpose of the Texans Talk newspaper is to accurately report newsworthy events and be a forum for student opinion. Student opinions do not reflect the attitudes or opinions of the staff, administration or the AISD board of trustees. Opinion pieces, by their very nature, are controversial. The only requirement is that all opinion articles be based on facts.

Comment Rules

1. Keep it Clean! – Avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
2. Do Not Threaten or Abuse! – Threats of harming another person OR degrading others are not tolerated.
3. Be Honest! – Don’t knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Period!
4. Be Nice! – No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that’s degrading to another person.
5. Share with Us! – We love to hear eyewitness accounts. Share your story ideas!

Correction/Retraction Policy – Upon discovering a printed or posted mistake in the newspaper, the staff will print or post a retraction, correction or clarification statement in the next printed issue or at the bottom of an online story in “red.” The goal of the publication is to have no errors; however, that goal is not easily accomplished. The staff apologizes for such errors.

Letters Policy – The Texans Talk acts as an open forum for public discussion. Letters should be signed by the author and sent to room 511 or emailed to [email protected] The staff reserves the right to edit letters for clarity, grammatical errors and space limitations. The staff also reserves the right NOT to publish letters that are libelous or contain non-factual information. Texans Talk will not directly answer letters, unless a direct question is posed.

Obituaries – Texans Talk will treat all deaths at Sam Houston High School with respect and dignity. All current students, faculty or staff members who die during the school year will have an obituary printed in the newspaper or posted to Texans Talk Online. Texans Talk will print a recent photo of the deceased with his or her name, a list of survivors, school activities list and student quotes.

A death ruled a “suicide” could be reported on and will name the student who has committed the act, but only IF:

  1. The parents or guardians approve.
  2. The principal approves.

At which time a “Letter of Story Release” will be signed and kept on file. Students who die of natural causes (except for underage drinking or drug overdose) can also have an obituary. (signed release letter required)

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Texans Talk Policies