Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

May 17, 2013

W.Va. county's school chief must OK speeches

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The head of Kanawha County schools will now have to sign off on certain assemblies following a debacle over an abstinence speech an area high school.

School board members passed a measure this week to allow the superintendent to review all planned assemblies about sex, religion or politics.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports ( that members in support of the measure said recent events show the need for more oversight. Those opposed said principals should be in control.

The measure comes after George Washington High School student body vice president Katelyn Campbell spoke out against a speaker who delivered a controversial abstinence speech at the school.

Motivational speaker Pam Stenzel's speech during an assembly last month was sponsored by faith-based Believe in West Virginia.

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