It was unprofessional, inappropriate and unethical to print names and faces of minors involved in a private situation with their school. What about the minors’ right to privacy?
Not only did you in Sunday’s story, “Teen in trouble for wearing too much red,” print the names and ages of minors and their photos, but your reporter also mentioned that one student (she named him) was “sent home for a month of independent study for bad grades.” What do his grades have to do with this story, other than that he was told not to return to school with the same wardrobe? He was not sent home because of his wardrobe.
The actual story regarding the dress code and possible wearing of gang colors is an appropriate tale, but it could have been told without mentioning names and ages and printing photos of minors.
I know your reporter can claim freedom of the press, but what is more important? I hope that you will consider this next time she reports on a story.
— Jennifer Couch, Tracy