St. Louis TV Station Faulted For Causing High School Lockdown


St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan criticizes local television station KSDK for causing an unnecessary lockdown at a major suburban high school when a reporter and the station didn’t identify him or answer calls after he entered the school to do a story on school security. Police were called. Students and teachers huddled fearfully in classrooms. The station would say only, “NewsChannel 5 will continue to be vigilant when it comes to the safety of our schools and your children therein.”

McClellan asks, “Exactly what was the report going to prove? That Kirkwood High School isn't being operated like some kind of prison?” He noted that mass shootings happened at Columbine High School and Sandy Hook Elementary School despite in-house security measures. McClellan says, “I suppose a television station can play on our fears. It's probably good for ratings. They can send reporters sneaking around and then point out security lapses. Next week, they'll probably take a gun into the zoo. That could really gin up some fright. ‘Your children aren't even safe at the zoo!’ ” (Last night, the station apologized on the air, saying, “We unnecessarily scared students, teachers and parents…It doesn’t matter what our intentions were, we caused undue stress and fear and we are very sorry this happened.”)

Comments are closed.