This is getting out of hand.
The Knoxville News Sentinel also published a story last night about the debacle at the high school. This article reveals that a county school board member (not even the school system that includes the high school!) is calling for the teacher advisers of the yearbook to be brought up on criminal charges! That is ridiculous.
First, on what grounds? They have done nothing wrong, much less illegal. Seriously? I am so glad I did not vote for this board member.
Secondly, is this really what we want to teach our future journalists? People rant and rage against bias in the media, but if it matches their own personal bias, it's okay. Is that it then?
Third, the article in question was a paragraph. That's it. Just one student's story. It's not a multi-page story, or a dissertation, or propaganda piece. It's an example of one person being true to himself.
|The offending article, photo posted on Facebook|
My own daughter wants to explore journalism and was excited to have the opportunity in high school. Now I'm not sure how I feel about it. On one hand, I'm glad the advisers allowed this to be published. It is a very open and accepting thing to do, especially in "the Bible belt" we live in. On the other hand, I hate to think of her being raked across the coals like this because something done to support a friend offends someone's backwards sensibilities.