Palmer Ridge High School newspaper's Hillary Clinton endorsement sparks debate

Posted at 8:56 AM, Oct 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-19 10:56:39-04

MONUMENT, Colo. -- An endorsement by a Monument high school has sparked outrage in the surrounding city.

Last week The Bear Truth, the student newspaper at Palmer Ridge High School, endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for president, a move that Palmer Ridge English teacher and newspaper adviser Tom Patrick says has "outraged" some parents, the Colorado Springs Gazette reports.

According to the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office, residents in Palmer Lake and Monument, are heavily Republican. In the last presidential election, nearly three-fourths of voters in those areas voted for the Republican candidate.

Patrick says parents took to social media and email the school calling for the suspension of the newspaper's staff. Some parents said the editorial was inappropriate for a student publication and that Republican nominee Donald Trump should have been given equal space.