REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Officials at a northern California high school have reversed their decision to shut down a school newspaper that published a front-page photo of a student burning an American flag.

Shasta High School principal Milan Woollard had said the newspaper and an accompanying journalism class would not operate next year after the "embarrassing" final issue of the student-run Volcano was published June 3. The issue also featured an editorial defending flag-burning as a form of protected speech.

The district's superintendent, Mike Stuart, said Friday that he agreed to keep the program after incoming editor-in-chief Amanda Cope appealed to him for a chance to publish a serious, respectable paper.