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Teacher sues over right to teach war photo assignment

by Amanda Luker

Aug. 27, 2004 – A teacher in Bellingham, MA is suing school officials for censoring his current events class. High school social studies teacher Brian Newark contends that school administrators infringed on his rights by taking his current events class away after parents complained about an optional assignment that included looking at pictures from the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

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According to the Metro West Daily News, Newark said he gave students a chance to opt out of the assignment, which was to react to five of the photos "with no emotion."

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