Re: Former student president fined $795 for prank
It is not easy in a small town to fill a newspaper with interesting articles. A journalist has to be creative and curious, but also thoughtful and responsible. After all, everyone knows everyone and as much as reading about people you know can inspire, it can also create great harm.
I was very upset when I found a headline in the Fitzhugh two weeks ago about a young Jasper inhabitant, fined by the court for a prank. He is my son’s teammate and I know him to be a very earnest and responsible teenager. He deserved to wear the “A”, or for that matter the “C”, on Jasper’s hockey team. He has his heart and head in the right place. He also has a hot head as do so do many young, teenaged men.
I found it completely unnecessary, if not totally misplaced, that his prank deserved the page-long article and a headline that it received. His actions need not be ignored, but a mention in the court news would have absolutely sufficed.
I don’t think that the writer of this article is himself so far removed from his teenage years to not have an appreciation of how awful this young man might feel now that the whole town was made callously aware of his wrong doings thanks to that article. Going through the process of a court appearance is punishment enough. I don’t like, or want, journalism like this in our town newspaper. It’s ambulance chasing on a slow news week.
Reaching out and finding good examples of people in town who have struggled in one way or another and found a way to turn their situation around might be the harder story to find, but definitely a story far more worth an entire page and bold headline.