Labels further victimize student
His editor might like to know it's not called "Special Ed"; it's called Learning Support, because that student gets the same "ed" the rest, just with targeted support. Joel knew that, because our principal told him and even advised against labeling the boy. Joel's response? "We feel it's an important part of the story."
Right. Story. It isn't about caring about the kid -- or even about the problem of bullying -- it's about salable stories. And Joel's instincts for that were dead on -- today, CNN picked it up, and the label went national.
A thing we learn in Journalism at Mountlake Terrace High School is a code of journalist ethics, so we don't become a lazy, soulless tabloid. Joel just showed us why.
By the way, are there cases of "bullying gone just right?"
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