Way to go Times Free Press! Just keep bashing and slandering these kids that made a mistake. I get it that they are of “legal” age and you have every “legal” right to publish this information, but they’re still kids. To my understanding, one of them turned 18 about a week ago, while seven of these kids went unpublicized because they are still under the age of 18. I’m having a hard time figuring out the justness of our legal system where seven kids made the same mistake, yet there’s no public consequence due to them being a minor. To me, it tells these kids to drink it up until they’re eighteen and then sober up for the next three years until they’re 21.
You put ten kids’ names in the paper, post their pictures on your website, and now place a cartoon mocking their poor choice.
The newspaper gets away with this calling it news. If an individual kept posting such information, it’s considered harassment/cyber bullying. Even though they’re eighteen years-old, they’re still kids. They made a mistake. They’re embarrassed. Stop humiliating them.
Yes, these kids broke the law and there are consequences. Their consequence has already included being arrested, spending the night in jail, having a mug shot, and in the near future they will have to appear in court and probably have to do community service.
It’s bothersome that the media keeps kicking these teenagers while they’re down and doesn’t empathize with their emotional and psychological well being.