Gannon to Ban Knightly News: End of an Era [April Fools!]

Mr. Gannon hosts a good old fashioned book burning to mark the end of the Knightly News.

I am ashamed to say that, unfortunately, next year at the Academy, there will no longer be a newspaper class. Yes, this means that there will be no more “handout days” on the first Friday of every month or more humorous videos put out by the Knightly News staff. I think it’s safe to say that it’s a sad day for both the current newspaper staff and those who were anxious to join the staff in future years. The Knightly News is getting shut down for more controversial reasons than one might expect though, many of which the current Knightly News staff members contest.

The call to terminate The Knightly News came from the Head of Upper School himself, Mr. Gannon. Most might assume that our class could get shut down for budgetary reasons or due to faculty adviser Lee Wilson stepping down, but this is far from the truth. Instead, as Mr. Gannon stated, “The Knightly News will be shut down next year for its continuous publishing of explicit content.” Mr. Gannon exclaimed that he “has had to edit way too many articles and videos” put out by the staff this year and “that [he] always had to cut a lot of inappropriate material,” which finally led to his decision to eliminate The Knightly News as a class for the 2012-2013 school year. In fact, Mr. Gannon was so upset over the matter that he refused to answer any more questions when I attempted to interview him.

As one can imagine, those who planned on returning to The Knightly News next year and those planning on joining the staff were outraged by Mr. Gannon’s decision. Juniors Natalie Camrud and Suzanne Monyak were to be the two Co-Editors-in-Chief of the newspaper next year, which would have looked great on their college applications. Now, the two juniors are without a D-period class and are clueless as to what they want to take in place of newspaper next year. Natalie said, “I’m actually not OK with Mr. Gannon’s decision. I think it’s ridiculous that he can just cut out a class like that for just a couple of minor tweaks that he had to make to some content in the issues. Whatever happened to freedom of speech? Not to mention I’m out of a class for D-period next year.” Suzanne exclaimed, “My plans to join a newspaper in college are ruined now because I don’t have anything to add to my resumé. I will be talking to Mr. Assaf about this!”

In addition to students being upset with the canceling of the class, newspaper adviser Ms. Wilson was very opposed to Mr. Gannon’s decision. “I am absolutely shocked that Mr. Gannon canceled our class for next year,” she said. Ms. Wilson exclaimed that she “edited every single issue” and that she believed “all the content was appropriate for students and teachers of the Upper School to read.” Ms. Wilson summed up her feelings, as well as those of the staff by saying, “The last day of newspaper class this year will be one that I will remember forever, but not in the way I imagined.”

By Zach Lamb, Co Editor in Chief ’12

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