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Old 12-23-2011, 08:34 PM   #16
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:38 PM   #17
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"A district spokeswoman said she could not go into detail, but said the boy was suspended for "inappropriate behavior" after making "inappropriate statements."

Inappropriate behavior/statements are a far cry from one single four-letter word. Exactly what was said and done here? We don't know the specifics. The kid (whose mouth has got him in trouble in the past) said he used the word 'cute', yet a teacher heard otherwise. Funny how the title of the article uses the word 'cute' - since when do children dictate the article titles of a major news corporation?

It seems some people want to focus on two buzzwords - 'cute' and 'suspended', ignore everything else, and then think they actually have a clue what happened. I don't know what happened, but the difference is, I'm not going to pretend like I do. For all we know, the kid could be a little pervert and got the punishment he deserved, but if people would rather believe a 9-year old kids' version of a story over the judgment of adults, go right ahead.

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Gotta laugh at the ridiculous spin put on this one right off the bat. The first words are "for the rest of the semester" - which is later revealed to be a grand total of six days.

Who's blowing things out of proportion here? The school, or the news media? The school spokesperson said the principal disciplined the kid - who was reported by other students - not directly for the pizza gun, but for lying about it. What if the headline of the article was "School Kid Eats Lunch Alone For a Few Days For Being a Liar"? Not much drama in that, is there? That's not gonna draw people in, so the media must embellish.

The whole 'spent time with the school resource officer learning about gun safety' thing is way over the top.

To be clear, I'm as disgusted as anyone with the politically correct, lawsuit-happy society we live in today. Times are changing, and not for the better. My issue isn't really about who's right and who's wrong in these two particular cases. My issue is with the so-called 'news' that we're force-fed and the masses who drink the proverbial Kool-Aid and get caught up in the spin machines.

Crap like this doesn't even belong in the news. The media just perpetuates the problems we have, IMO.
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:38 PM   #18
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There is no honesty in the News today unless it's a sports score being reported. If it isn't sensationalized it doesn't sell these days. All News commentators and anchors are guilty of perpetuating lies and untruths every day of the week on a regular basis. It's the corporate-way in America. We are here and now witnessing the very last generation of morality interwoven in our society, take a close look you won't know this place in another twenty-five years. Assuming of course it hasn't already been reduced to smoking rubble by suicide bombers and amateur airplane pilots before then.
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You're right Bud. Have you ever read a story in the local newspaper about a crime or accident in which you personally knew one or more of the people involved?

I have - several times - and not once were the reported facts accurate. Not once.

They change the 'facts' on a whim to sensationalize the story. For that very reason, I can hardly stand watching the local news anymore. It feels like a waste of time.... which it is.

The same goes for the local news paper.
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We have one local radio station. Their news guy gathers all the local news himself. He has had problems with some of the local officials because he reports everything exactly as it is. You can hear him give a report and then read it in the paper and the stories are only similar.
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Have you ever read a story in the local newspaper about a crime or accident in which you personally knew one or more of the people involved?

I have - several times - and not once were the reported facts accurate. Not once.
This is exactly what I had in my head the entire time I was writing my post.

Back in high school, a good friend passed away. I was stunned at how inaccurate the TV and newspaper reports were regarding my friend and the circumstances of his death.

I was 16 at the time. I'm 33 now, and I have never looked at news media the same way since.

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