Questions to Consider What types of violence regarding children and education are there? If violence happens in your school (or your child‟s), what would you want to know about it? What are the “rules” when reporting about young children in a news story? How about a crime story?
Types of School-Related Violence Weapon-related Suicide violence Sexual abuse School shootings Drug-related violence Stabbing Bullying Sexual Orientation Those in red will be discussed further in the presentation. Cyber
Weapon-related violence School shootings involve a person deliberately shooting off a gun to harm or injure somebody in an educational institution. Virginia Tech University (2007) - http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/16/us/16cnd- shooting.html Columbine High School (1999) - http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/colum bine-anniversary-it-was-horribly-viscerally- real/2011/04/20/AFp4p9BE_blog.html Stabbing Bowie State University (2011) - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/16/bowie-state- stabbing-alex_n_966924.html
Bullying Sexual Orientation [also cyberbullying ] Tyler Clementi of Rutgers University (2010) - http://abcnews.go.com/US/victim-secret-dorm-sex- tape-commits-suicide/story?id=11758716#.Tt5B4XN93cU Jonah Mowry (2011) - http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2011/12/05/gay-teen- jonah-mowry-says-bullying-made-him-stronger/ Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, 11 (2009) - http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/story?id=73 28091#.Tt5E1nN93cU Cyberbullying – “when one child targets another child using interactive technologies” – stopcyberbullying.org Phoebe Prince, 15 (2010) - http://abcnews.go.com/Health/cyber-bullying-factor-suicide- massachusetts-teen-irish- immigrant/story?id=9660938#.Tt5DGHN93cU
Sexual Abuse Penn State University (2011) - http://www.npr.org/2011/11/08/142111804/penn-state- abuse-scandal-a-guide-and-timeline Graves County High School (2011) - http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/news/local/High-school- teacher-faces-sex-abuse-charge-133192848.html Timothy Academy Christian Elementary School (2011) - http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2011/03/23/philadelphia- teacher-charged-with-sex-abuse-of-elementary-pupil/
What if you‟re caught in the middle of violence? If you‟re a student and violence is happening around you in school, what would you like to know? Is it safer to leave or stay outside? Are you safe? Is there anyone hurt? Should you try to help or stay out of it? Who‟s committing the violence?
What if you were a family member orfriend of the victim in a school crime? Imagine if your loved one was killed in a school crime. Would you want to be interviewed by the media? No – pain & suffering; privacy Yes – to inform the public
What if you‟re reporting school violence? What if you‟re a student journalist, and you‟re caught in the middle? What would you want to know? What kind of violence has been committed? Who were involved? Were there any deaths? Who can you contact for more information? Who should you interview? Should you interview children? Click here for the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma‟s tipsheet on interviewing children and trauma.
What if you‟re covering a teen suicide? What would you do if you had to cover a teen suicide? What things would you keep in mind? Would you use the teen‟s name in your article? If the teen was bullied, would you use publish his/her photo? Would you publish the names and photos of the bullies? Click here for the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma‟s tip sheet on covering teen suicide.“If you do cover a suicide death, explain that suicide is most often the fatal complication of multiple types of mental illness, most of which can be treated. Include contact information for your schools counselor or health center, and include the number to a 24-hour suicide prevention hot line.” – tip sheet
What if you‟re covering a teen suicide? Let‟s look at how ABC News covered the story on a 15- year-old immigrant from Ireland who committed suicide due to bullying. The lede starts with, “Even in death, Phoebe Prince was bullied.” Do you think that was appropriate? Why or why not? The victim‟s name was mentioned in the first sentence of the article. Would you have done the same, or waited a few grafs before stating the teen‟s name? Is this picture appropriate? The only people quoted in the article were police and school officials. Would you interview friends or family of the teen and quote them in the article? Why or why not? The article states that bullying has become “increasingly common” in schools, but doesn‟t provide information on how and where to get help.
What if you‟re covering a teen suicide? Let‟s look at how NY Daily News covered the same story. Interestingly, they have a Topics page especially for Phoebe Prince, with an overview, related articles and photos. The first article appeared late March, more than three months after the suicide happened and after ABC News first reported the story. The NY Daily News article focused on the bullies who were indicted for “driving a pretty 15-year- old „new girl‟ from Ireland to suicide,” the lede reads. How do you feel about this lede in comparison to that of ABC News? In the NY Daily News article, the victim‟s name was mentioned in the third graf. Similar to ABC News, this article only had an authority (District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel) quoted. However, in another article from NY Daily News, written two days later Is this picture after the indictment article, the bullied victim‟s friend, 14, appropriate? was interviewed.
What if you‟re covering anelementary school student‟s suicide?
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