Judy Morgan, a reporter with The Westfield Gazette, went to Nick Allen's elementary school to find out if the rumors were true. She had heard that he was causing quite a stir at school by calling pens "frindles." He had also gotten his classmates and other students at school to use the word. Judy Morgan went to Lincoln Elementary School to conduct interviews. She interviewed Mrs. Granger, Nick's teacher. Mrs. Granger was against the use of the word "frindle" as a substitute for the word "pen."
Shortly after, the Thursday morning edition of The Westfield Gazette was delivered throughout the town of Westfield. There was a prominently placed article in it, which "was the first item on the front page." The headline read:
Local 5th Grader Says, "Move over, Mr. Webster"
The article pitted Mrs. Granger against Nick. Judy Morgan presented Nick as a champion of free speech, and Mrs. Granger as representing "order and authority." Judy Morgan described how Nick and his friends wanted to call pens "frindles." Mrs. Granger told them that they could not use that word.