I was so disappointed in the Monitor’s decision to publish a story about six students drinking at a dance (“MV students arrested at dance,” front page, March 23).
I in no way want to condone underage drinking, but is it really newsworthy that a handful of teenagers drank some alcohol on a Saturday night? Apparently you deemed it not only newsworthy but also front-page material. As journalists, it’s your job to weigh the public’s need for information versus the damage the news itself can create. You chose to embarrass this school, embarrass these kids (three of whom you identified by name), and embarrass their families. And for what? Do you really believe the public was unaware that teenagers experiment with alcohol? Of course not. You, however, decided to run the story anyway – humiliating these kids and pandering to the public’s lurid curiosity.