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School Locks Down due to Local Media Infiltration

I kid you not. This happened in Kirkwood, Missouri, which is a municipality in St. Louis County. Kind of hits close to home considering I live in the Midwest.

Anyway, here's the story: A St. Louis news station, KSDK, attempted to create a hype-filled investigative story regarding the security of local schools. Apparently it didn't dawn on them that, in light of events such as the Sandy Hook shootings, it's kind of a sore spot for most Americans. Their attempt to get a juicy news story ended up making them the juicy news story.

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http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/educa...b0df5.html

Quote:An undercover television news story to test security in local schools triggered a lockdown Thursday at Kirkwood High, angering parents and raising questions about media ethics.

Students and teachers at the school were huddled in classrooms with the lights off for about 40 minutes Thursday afternoon after a man came into the school and asked to speak with security, then left.

The visit was one of five made by the television station to schools in the region aimed at exposing lapses in school security.

A student of that school wrote an opinion piece on these events in the school's newspaper. Take a look at that also:

http://www.thekirkwoodcall.com/top-stori...t-wrong-2/

Quote:“Where did we go wrong?” KSDK must be asking themselves. Doesn’t the Kirkwood community understand the importance of the message? Don’t they understand we’re trying to save lives? We’re just doing our jobs.

And from their perspective, they certainly were, but from an outside perspective, it’s clear that they were only interested in making the story more intriguing. According to the Society for Professional Journalist’s (SPJ) Code of Ethics, journalists should “avoid undercover or other surreptitious methods of gathering information except when traditional open methods will not yield information vital to the public. Use of such methods should be explained as part of the story.”

KSDK could have easily avoided undercover methods. They just used the footage of the reporter walking into the school with a hidden camera. He could have walked to the office and identified himself as a reporter, avoiding the ensuing lockdown, and still acquired the crucial footage that showed KHS’s security isn’t up to scratch. The result of KSDK’s choice to use undercover methods exemplifies why those methods are discouraged in the SPJ’s code.

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I'm slightly scared of these kind of reports because I fear they might try to increase security even more.

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Nah, increasing security isn't a bad thing unless it causes a hassle to the students. Besides, schools probably need it considering how many people are out for revenge. Razz

I'm more ticked about how this news station thought it would be a good idea to pretend to be a security threat; that's not just tasteful and would get just about anyone else arrested.

For those of you who don't care about news if it doesn't involve school rebellion and crap like that, get this: This is a clear example of the media prioritizing transient dangers from the outside of schools above the ever-present dangers inside.

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Ah, I see.

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