It is the media’s right and duty to inform their audience when accidents occur or tragedy strikes, even if members of that audience know the person(s) involved.
On Thursday, the online news source Lawrenceville Patch first reported the arrest of Rider sophomore Laura Gallagher for death by auto from a hit-and-run accident that occurred on the evening of Oct. 28. Articles about the arrest also appeared in the Trentonian and Mercer Regional News on Friday, the same day it was printed in The Rider News.
After being published, it was reported by Rider students, who asked to remain unnamed, that some softball players were stealing issues of The Rider News around campus to try to prevent the story about Gallagher, their teammate, from being read. Dean of Students Anthony Campbell was also informed that softball players were tearing up the paper outside of Daly’s.
Through email, the softball coach responded with an apology and said she would have a talk with her team.
We realize Gallagher’s arrest was upsetting, but stealing newspapers was inappropriate. The Rider News was simply doing its job of informing the Rider community. Taking the papers so no one would read about the incident, or any other story in last week’s issue, was uncalled for since news of the arrest appeared in several other publications and on The Rider News website.
The Rider News staff works diligently every week to keep the Rider community informed of what happens on- or off-campus. The story is ongoing and the paper will include any updates on the Gallagher story. Just as in local newspapers, even controversial stories must be printed for the well-being of the community.
This weekly editorial expresses the majority opinion of The Rider News. The editorial was written by the Assistant Opinion Editor, Kristy Grinere.