The Oracle, Mountain View High’s student newspaper, is the center of change and controversy that many student journalists deem as retaliation for publishing an article on sexual harassment.

Mountain View High School administrators are feeling the heat from students, parents and journalism advocates after clashing with students over a controversial story and for making last-minute changes to the journalism program that were announced just a few weeks after the publication of the article.

When Mountain View High students set out to write about the alleged culture of sexual harassment on campus for the Oracle, the school’s student newspaper, they drew harsh warnings of “catastrophic consequences” from school administrators. While students said they were not threatened with any specific disciplinary action if they published the article as written, each of the three student journalists felt pressured to dilute the story.

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