Creative Loafing Charlotte Has Legal Issues

july 1, 2002  09:30 am
A Charlotte charter school has obtained a gag order against Creative Loafing Charlotte, prohibiting it from publishing individual student grades and test scores. The rift between Creative Loafing and Crossroads Charter School started after the publication published test scores obtained from former teachers showing that grades may have been overlooked or changed to allow students to graduate. Individual student names were not published. "We're talking about the absolute bedrock core of the First Amendment -- the right of the newspaper to print factually truthful information that the newspaper came to lawfully," said Creative Loafing attorney John Hasty, who filed Friday to overturn the temporary restraining order.