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Sioux City Journal takes a stand.

In a bold move in the fight against childhood bullying, the Sioux City (Iowa) Journal put a call to community action right where it knew readers would be most likely to see it--the front page.

Following the suicide of a local teenager, the paper printed a frontpage editorial decrying the harassment suffered by the youth and urging the community to come together in support of anti-bullying measures. Kenneth Weishuhn Jr., 14, took his own life one month after revealing to friends and family that he was homosexual, Relatives said Weishuhn received threatening phone calls and negative comments posted about him online.

Editor Mitch Pugh told The Associated Press that the paper has run frontpage editorials before, but this is the first time it has devoted the entire front page to one. The editorial was accompanied by a cartoon drawn by Brian Duffy that ran across the top half of the front page.

"A lot of newspapers shy away from putting editorials on the front page, but we feel we have to be a strong advocate for our community," Pugh said. "And if we don't do that, we're not sure who else is."

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Title Annotation:Reach HIGHER; supports anti-bullying measures
Comment:Sioux City Journal takes a stand.(Reach HIGHER)(supports anti-bullying measures)
Publication:Editor & Publisher
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Geographic Code:1U4IA
Date:Jun 1, 2012
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