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High school newspaper staff kept Vargas' secret for six weeks


Mountain View’s Patch.com reports that former Chronicle and Washington Post reporter Jose Antonio Vargas told the Mountain View High School newspaper’s staff that he was an illegal immigrant, and the young journalists kept it secret for six weeks. Writes Claudia Cruz of Patch:

One student, Kevin Troxell, is quoted in the Patch story as saying the class bonded with Vargas the day he met with them. “I think that especially because he was an Oracle and he went to MVHS, we felt camaraderie for him,” Troxell said. “Oracle [the student newspaper] is a tight knit group and we are all friends. He’s a friend and an Oracle, and that was the reason we wanted to keep his secret.”

Los Altos High School newspaper posts video of a Los Altos Rotary Club Q&A with Vargas on Feb. 11, 2011.

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