Two advisers for student magazine at Regis Jesuit high school have been fired and Aurora’s private Catholic school retracted the winter edition following a column by a student who argued abortion should remain legal, confirmed on Friday one of the advisers.
Student publication Elevate released its winter edition last month, according to a Letter of December 17 by Jesuit President Regis David Card and Principal Jimmy Tricco explaining their decision to withdraw the magazine, which was first reported by Sentinel Colorado.
âAn opinion piece that presented a position on abortion clearly opposed to Church teaching was included which we found both deeply disturbing and unacceptable,â Card and Tricco wrote.
In bold, the letter from the school officials continued: âFirst, we want to be clear that as a Catholic Jesuit institution, we believe that life begins at the moment of conception. We believe that the protection of life at this stage represents the fundamental requirement of respect for the dignity of human life at every stage. We are fully invested in spreading and defending this teaching and all the teaching of the Church in everything we do. “
The letter stated that the school had not properly guided the students in this case, adding: “While we believe in providing a medium for students to express themselves, we are now taking steps to review the editorial process of the magazine in order to ensure its compatibility and its responsibility in the representation of the mission of RÃ©gis JÃ©suite.
The winter edition of the publication, which may usually found online, has been entirely deleted and replaced by the letter from the administration.
When asked if the magazine’s advisers still teach at school, Card wrote in an email response to the Denver Post: “We don’t usually comment on personnel matters.”
When asked if anyone had been penalized because of the situation, Card said: “No student has been penalized.”
Nicole Arduini, cited in the magazine’s previous issue as one of the two advisers, confirmed that she was fired after the column was published.
âI am saddened by the situation,â said Arduini. âI enjoyed teaching journalism to students and am proud to have worked with an amazing group of young journalists. “
Arduini confirmed that the second adviser, Maria Lynch, was also fired. Lynch could not be reached for comment.
Regis Jesuit High School’s student editorial policies published online state: âPublication advisers will not act as censors or have the final say in determining media content. Rather, advisers will teach journalistic skills and guide students in making sound legal and ethical decisions. be legally obscene, defamatory, substantially and materially disruptiveâ¦ â
The policies then state that students will work closely with the president and principal on stories featuring obituaries, crimes or situations currently in court or dismissal of employees.