Updated Sept. 26 at 1:25 p.m. to restore two paragraphs removed during editing. The city’s monitoring program is based on tips from students and teachers. About a dozen students have been expelled each year so far.
That is 2 full days after the story was posted. The community was already rightfully enraged.
The original story on AL.com should have included these paragraphs:
Wardynski said Huntsville schools have seen sporadic gang recruitment and what he called “wannabe” gangs. “We don’t want them to get into the major league,” he said.
Acting on tips from students or teachers or others, schools security staff scour numerous social media sites, including Facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest, and more. They look for evidence of imminent threats to the schools or of gang activity. Wardysnki said the program has led to about a dozen expulsions each year so far and that security is actively monitoring social media at all times.
Those paragraphs change the entire tone of the story, the omission makes it appear there is a massive dragnet and not a targeted program.
By the way, I don’t believe this was edited out, it was added later after Wardynski bitched.
And we wonder why I call these people “$8 an hour, C+ Journalism School Grads”?
Here is my interview from the morning with Huntsville Superintendent Casey Wardynski and School Board President David Blair…
The Dale Jackson: 09-30-14 – 700AM – HSV Superintendent and School Board Pres talk spying http://t.co/JexdQURqNd
— WVNN (@WVNN) September 30, 2014