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Another HS football scandal, and Conn. paper outs student bullies

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Baron Scicluna, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    A case similar to Steubenville. Two Torrington, Conn. HS football players and another 17 year old arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. There was also a hazing scandal in which several football players are under investigation.

    And, in an even more lovely twist, the team's second leading scorer continued to play last season even though the coach knew he was facing felony robbery and assault charges. And the school administration is in full CYA mode.

    And in the rape case, students took to Twitter and FB, and called the accuser names. The paper wrote a story about it, with the screenshots and names of the kids.


    Reaction is ranging from praising the paper for its reporting, to, of course, ripping on it for being "snitches" and not being cheerleaders. And there's some anger over giving out the names, or at least the Twitter handles, of the kids, who are now shutting down their accounts or privatizing them.
  2. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Torrington would be the Steubenville of CT in terms of hardscrabble but not quality of football.
  3. dog eat dog world

    dog eat dog world New Member

    Amazing that newspapers these days in some parts are handcuffed when it comes to publishing names or using twitter/facebook sources and yet that social media post can gain a life that is bigger than the circulation of said paper.
  4. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Newspapers are only "handcuffed" in publishing the names of juveniles accused of crimes because they often choose not to publish them.
  5. nmmetsfan

    nmmetsfan Active Member

    Exactly. Newspapers may choose not to publish names of juveniles, but there is no legal obligation.
  6. JimmyHoward33

    JimmyHoward33 Well-Known Member

    I think its dangerous to publish the Twitter handles of the kids calling the accuser names because it gives people an easy way to out the accuser. Some of them probably used her name or her own Twitter handle, or might've RT'd someone who did. Too easy a road map to her identity for too little gain.
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