Anything To Sell Another Copy Of A Paper

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Since: Jan 13

Bonifay, FL

#1 Jan 31, 2013
As we all know, a 12 year old took an Air Soft pistol to Parker Elementary school last week. In light of the shooting of children at Sandy Hook Elementary school, this is certainly a cause for concern.

The child was arrested for trespassing on school property with a weapon. The legal system will deal with him appropriately, as it should.

Stooping to a new low, the Bay County Press printed this boys picture on it's website and in the publication for the week of Jan, 31, 2013.

Not only did they print his picture and personal information, the publisher also saw fit to put this child's picture on the front cover.

None of the other news organizations printed the photograph, and all but one withheld the boys name.

Was this ethical? We do not believe so. While the staff at the Bay County Press are within their rights, we believe this action was taken in an effort to sell more copies of the "rag".

A reputable publisher acts responsibly, balancing the public's need to know with responsible journalism. A true and ethical publisher would not have taken this action, and I would bet that were it his child, the documents and photograph would not have been published.

This disturbed child will probably turn his life around, but this stigma will follow the child the rest of his life thanks to the Bay County Press.

Perhaps we should boycott this publication and leave the news reporting to responsible news organizations.
David W Harbin Panamaed

United States

#2 Jan 31, 2013
At least they don't support THE MOB!
Lizzy

Tallahassee, FL

#3 Feb 1, 2013
WJHG plastered his picture and name all over Face Book.

Since: Jan 13

Bonifay, FL

#4 Feb 1, 2013
Lizzy wrote:
WJHG plastered his picture and name all over Face Book.
Lizzy, thanks for the reply.

We just looked all through the WJHG Facebook site and found no instance of his name or picture.
Lizzy

Letohatchee, AL

#5 Feb 1, 2013
It was there I and others made comments on naming a child with his picture. They may have pulled it but it was there.
ThomasA

Birmingham, AL

#6 Feb 1, 2013
Ethics In Journalism wrote:
As we all know, a 12 year old took an Air Soft pistol to Parker Elementary school last week. In light of the shooting of children at Sandy Hook Elementary school, this is certainly a cause for concern.
The child was arrested for trespassing on school property with a weapon. The legal system will deal with him appropriately, as it should.
Stooping to a new low, the Bay County Press printed this boys picture on it's website and in the publication for the week of Jan, 31, 2013.
Not only did they print his picture and personal information, the publisher also saw fit to put this child's picture on the front cover.
None of the other news organizations printed the photograph, and all but one withheld the boys name.
Was this ethical? We do not believe so. While the staff at the Bay County Press are within their rights, we believe this action was taken in an effort to sell more copies of the "rag".
A reputable publisher acts responsibly, balancing the public's need to know with responsible journalism. A true and ethical publisher would not have taken this action, and I would bet that were it his child, the documents and photograph would not have been published.
This disturbed child will probably turn his life around, but this stigma will follow the child the rest of his life thanks to the Bay County Press.
Perhaps we should boycott this publication and leave the news reporting to responsible news organizations.
A twelve year old knew better. He was pushing the limits on what he could get away with and that goes back to parents that didn't teach him that he was there to learn and not to entertain or be entertained. A couple of years in boot camp,reform school, or a military academy would help him turn his life around,not just a slap on the wrist.
Citizen 2

Easton, CT

#7 Feb 2, 2013
That's what Martin Anderson's Grandma thought too and look what happened to him.
Citizen 2

Easton, CT

#8 Feb 2, 2013
Yea....right.......send a child to a "DOZIER" situation over one little stupid inconsequential mistake.
Look in mirror

Panama City, FL

#9 Feb 2, 2013
If the child is accused of a felony his picture is public record. It is as simple as that. Before you blame the media, remember it is you who purchase, watch, and listen to it. It is you who crane your neck as you pass a wreck on the highway wondering if someone was killed only to gripe later when the report comes on tv. Look to yourself!

I used to be a member of the media, and I have to tell you I did get kids mug shots. I would do it again too, because I was proud of that work.
Look in mirror

Panama City, FL

#10 Feb 2, 2013
Anderson's G-mom should have reported his full medical history. The boy died is natural causes.
Panamaed

United States

#11 Feb 2, 2013
After being beat down with amonia caps shoved up his nose.
The crooked Medical Examiner was run off, had his home foreclosed since he had no equity to lose and is now giving more bogus testimony up North.
ThomasA

Birmingham, AL

#12 Feb 2, 2013
Citizen 2 wrote:
Yea....right.......send a child to a "DOZIER" situation over one little stupid inconsequential mistake.
Mistake my azz. Kids do things like this to get attention and push the limits to the breaking point.
Citizen 2

United States

#13 Feb 2, 2013
"Kids" is the operative term.
Citizen 2

United States

#14 Feb 2, 2013
People got away with murder and looting a church without any prosecution and the Corrupt State Attorney wants to make an example out of an innocent child.
Wrong

United States

#15 Feb 2, 2013
Panamaed wrote:
After being beat down with amonia caps shoved up his nose.
The crooked Medical Examiner was run off, had his home foreclosed since he had no equity to lose and is now giving more bogus testimony up North.
Why do you want to lie, he died after symptoms of sickle cell anemia set in. If the condition had been reported he might be alive. What you saw was far from a beating, and since you apparently know nothing if which you speak, I will just laugh at the thought of you and move on. God bless our law enforcers, and God Bless the White Western Men's club!
ulooz

Panama City, FL

#16 Feb 3, 2013
Crackpipe2 and panamad are two of the biggest liars and frauds in this neck of the woods. I am surprised they are allowed to walk amongst us.
Citizen2

Washington Crossing, PA

#17 Feb 3, 2013
Is that you Guy?

Ya'll don't walk, you slither.
ulooz

Panama City, FL

#18 Feb 5, 2013
Why is gregla plante's political signs not taken down. You LOST dude. Take your stupid signs down.
Citizen2

United States

#19 Feb 5, 2013
People got away with murder and looting a church without any prosecution and the Corrupt State Attorney wants to make an example out of an innocent child.
ThomasA

Birmingham, AL

#20 Feb 5, 2013
Citizen2 wrote:
People got away with murder and looting a church without any prosecution and the Corrupt State Attorney wants to make an example out of an innocent child..
"Innocent" children know right from wrong. "Innocent children come to school to LEARN and not do less than sensible stunts for attention

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