College head: Wrong to tell paper to kill story

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Posted: Sep 28, 2012 1:20 PM

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The head of a Tennessee college has apologized for trying to suppress a student newspaper story about a professor arrested on child sex charges.

Bryan College President Stephen Livesay drew national attention to the Christian school this week by ordering the Bryan College Triangle not to run the story.

Editor Alex Green decided to distribute the story himself, placing flyers across campus Monday. It reported the resignation of Biblical studies professor David Morgan after he was arrested during an FBI child molestation sting in Georgia.

Livesay said that in hindsight, killing the newspaper story "might have been a mistake."

He said he had originally hoped to protect the professor's privacy.

Green said no punitive action had been taken against him as editor and he felt well-treated.