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Obama-Aimed Article Stings Sprayberry Newspaper

Some say the Northeast Cobb high school newspaper article is offensive.

The April Fool's Day edition of the newspaper contains an article titled "Top Twenty Reasons Why Obama Should Not Get Re-Election" that has offended some people, reports CBS Atlanta.

The article contains reasons President Barack Obama should not be re-elected, such as "He's black," "He's half-white," "He is a Nazi," and "His dog is ugly."

The Cobb County School District released a statement after being contacted by CBS Atlanta that states, in part, "All of the items in that section are intended to be satirical."

The following is a response to the article posted Thursday on the school website:

"Recently, the Sprayberry newspaper The Stinger published an article trying to humorously comment on the President. In regards to the Obama article, we would like to say that the article was meant as a piece of satire. The article was published in our April Fool's section, The Zinger, of the newspaper and was meant to be a comedic take on the media's comments on the President. Satire is the use of humor, irony or exaggeration to poke fun at certain parts of society. We realize that this did not come off as we intended, and we sincerely apologize for offending anyone."

Georgia April 30, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Defending the article is as bad as the student or students who wrote it! Freedom of speech is always a blessing but if your hidden agenda in the article is hate, racism and your personal political views that's wrong and cheap to all readers! Your words speak loudly what's in your heart!
Jill May 04, 2012 at 10:36 AM
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! even though you have the right speech their are limts to it. Really should not matter the race it should matter if he is HELPING the countrey. I think those student SHOULD be punished because this VERY RUDE "joke" about Obama was racist and exremly innaporite.
Anonymous June 03, 2012 at 05:59 PM
I happen to know the teacher of the students who submitted this article and I can say without a doubt the agenda behind this was anything but racist. It was 100% satire. So what if the April Fool's article doesn't go to print ON 4/1? The paper prints when it prints. It was clear that it was for April Fools. People have become too "offended" by anything that doesn't suit their own agenda and need to understand that freedom of speech or not, not everything is going to suit YOU. Get over it. I'm not pro-Obama, but certainly do not agree with suspending students, firing teachers, administration or any other party just because someone is offended by an article in a school newspaper- or a national newspaper. Jill- who are YOU to say it's a VERY RUDE joke about Obama? Do you think this was the worst thing ever printed about him? Jesse- Don't you think Obama doesn't know he's black? Why is it not racist when Mitt is called "too white for Hispanics"? Georgia- What is your basis to say there is racism and hate behind this article? Do you know these people? Have you talked to them? Why don't you investigate first, accuse later. Ohio- Why is this a joke at YOUR expense? Are you running the country and up for re-election? Stop judging and being SOOOO offended before you get the information. Not everything is as it seems. And before you reply to say that I'm judging you, that's not what I am doing here. I'm trying to get you to stop and think before over-reacting.
Messej June 04, 2012 at 04:09 AM
free speech does not mean you can say WHATEVER YOU WANT because there are types of speech that are NOT covered under free speech. This article qualifies as hate speech because the presidents race is demeaned and he is called names that defame his character and reputation...i.e "nazi" THERE ARE ALSO CERTAIN ZONES NOT COVERED UNDER FREE SPEECH SUCH AS GOVERMENTAL INSTITUTIONS AND MILITARY BASES WHICH SANCTION THE VALIDITY OF EVERYTHING THAT PERTAINS TO THE GOVERNMENT. Just because there is ONE SINGLE comical statement about the president's dog CLOAKED AROUND HATE SPEECH does not make this "newspaper" protected speech BECAUSE THE FIGHTING WORDS MUST PASS MY SCRUTINY AND THE MILLIONS OF OTHERS [students included] WHO FIND THIS TOTALLY OFFENSIVE.
Messej June 04, 2012 at 04:11 AM
free speech does not mean you can say WHATEVER YOU WANT because there are types of speech that are NOT covered under free speech. This article qualifies as hate speech because the presidents race is demeaned and he is called names that defame his character and reputation...i.e "nazi" THERE ARE ALSO CERTAIN ZONES NOT COVERED UNDER FREE SPEECH SUCH AS GOVERMENTAL INSTITUTIONS AND MILITARY BASES WHICH SANCTION THE VALIDITY OF EVERYTHING THAT PERTAINS TO THE GOVERNMENT. Just because there is ONE SINGLE comical statement about the president's dog CLOAKED AROUND HATE SPEECH does not make this "newspaper" protected speech BECAUSE THE FIGHTING WORDS MUST PASS MY SCRUTINY AND THE MILLIONS OF OTHERS [students included] WHO FIND THIS TOTALLY OFFENSIVE.

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