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Students express opinions on Southerner shooting coverage

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Here is a representative sample of the letters that we have received in response to our coverage of the unfortunate series of events that unfolded on the Grady campus on Feb. 27. Normally, we would not print unsigned letters, but in the interest of creating an open forum on this subject, we are making an exception in this instance.

 

Dear editors,

I think the Southerner should not have posted information about the incident that occurred today. Grady is a wonderful school as many know and as far as the newspaper of the school reporting the horrible incident was a bad idea. For the many people who visit the Southerner on Facebook or on the website will now look at the link and most likely think otherwise about the school. Unfortunately, this was a big deal to the community and school, so the official news was on the scene and would allow it to be displayed there. The incident should be taken off the website as soon as possible.

Unsigned

 

Dear editors,

I feel that the coverage of the school shooting was very well done today. I felt the amount of information was spot on and the period in which it was given was very thoughtful. If I could give any advice I would leave out any controversial subjects before posting them. If you don’t know for sure, don’t write an article about it.

And be careful when sending out students to take pictures. If it is a hard lock-down, photography is the last priority compared to students’ safety.

Jennifer Steckl

 

Dear editors,

I believe that the Southerner handled the incident on Feb, 27 well. The note about the Southerner website on the AJC brought us publicity, though it was for a horrible thing. I also think, though this event could give us a bad reputation, that our school will be supported. We might become “the underdog,” based on the contrast between the incident and the programs that Grady excels in (debate, the Southerner itself, etc.).

The one thing that I did not appreciate was the placement of the photos on Facebook and online people might have been shocked to see the pictures, the one of the gun especially.  People didn’t know that they would see those pictures when they were scrolling through Facebook. Though they had the choice to click on the online article, the pictures should not have been the first things the viewer should have seen. You can’t control exactly who sees these posts and pictures, so assumptions shouldn’t be made on how people will handle the things they see.

Unsigned

 

Dear editors,

The Southerner should not be in a hurry to say the news. Posting the pictures of the gun was way overboard; they should have waited for the students to ask for the picture.

Posting the picture before the time doesn’t create a good image for Grady.

There should be more secrecy on most of the information that the Southerner has. They should choose appropriately before giving out the information.

Damilola Ogundipe

 

Dear editors,

I believe that so far the Southerner has handled the shooting news well. I disagree with many of my classmates and how they think that the picture of the gun shouldn’t have been included in the report. People who care about this topic enough to read about it deserve to learn all that they can. The information from the article helped me steer clear of some false rumors I heard such as the wound resulting from a knife and not a gun.

Anders Russell

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  1. Concerned Alumnus on March 1st, 2013 3:11 pm

    As a Grady alumnus I was proud to see The Southerner cover this unfortunate incident so well. The Southerner was my only source for news on the subject. Had their coverage not had been as thorough, APS might have found a way to cover certain elements of this story up(perhaps Grady’s lack of security–which would fall on them). To see that many of you are worried about your school’s reputation over the release of true information is absurd. Grady will always be seen as a top institution because no matter what publications like The Southerner; groups like the debate, football, and theater program are still going to excell and bring positive attention to the school. I am currently a student a top tier university and they will do anything to hide a negative incident at the school. The school newspaper is biased and they practice poor journalism. Most days I only wish The Southner was reporting at my university. Appreciate that you have a publication committed to the truth. Grady’s great reputation will always prevail as you all continue to exceed expectations there.

  2. Sherri Caldwell on March 1st, 2013 3:45 pm

    The Southerner is an award-winning student news organization with the responsibility to report information and events. You are all to be commended for doing an outstanding job on Wednesday, and since, for providing timely and accurate information, details and pictures. The Southerner did a much better job than the mainstream media, which was rife with misinformation, speculation, sensationalism and inaccuracies.

    The Southerner provided not only the student community with information as the situation unfolded, but became a first-line source of information and reassurance for worried parents and the community-at-large. Well done!!! And THANK YOU (from a parent)–

    Sherri Caldwell

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