Hey kids. Uncle Trench here.
A long long time ago, even before your Uncle Trench was born, newspapers use to actually report the news instead of trying to manufacture it.
For example, take this quote from the august and esteemed Atlanta Journal-Constitution about Robin Kittrell, the 17-year-old who was arrested for bringing an arsenal to school allegedly to prevent a Columbine-like situation…
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has found some discrepancies in administrators’ accounts of what occurred the day Fayette County sheriff’s deputies carted away Robin Kittrell, who remains in jail on nine weapons violations, including six felonies.
When asked about the tip the day after the arrest, for example, Whitewater principal Greg Stillions said he was notified by a central office administrator that the 17-year-old senior might have “knives and guns.”
Later, that administrator, through a spokeswoman, said the tipster mentioned two students as possibly having knives, but not guns. Both were questioned and searched on the first day of school, she said, and one was cleared.
Also, when asked why Kittrell was allowed to enter the school building when he knew the student might have a weapon, Stillions said Kittrell had no record of disciplinary offenses and noted how difficult it would have been to locate him among 1,700 other teenagers.
Do you see the ajc trying to make a story where one doesn’t exist?
Does any of that really matter? What matters to me is that they caught Robin Kittrell and no one was hurt. Some of the parents agree…
Few parents seem to be concerned about how the incident was handled. County Board of Education chairwoman Terri Smith, whose daughter attends Whitewater, said she hasn’t received a single call.
“I don’t want to armchair quarterback,” she said. “But from what I hear, they handled it correctly.”
So why is the ajc making a mountain out of this molehill?