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Parent disappointed over coverage of students’ vulgar photo



I completely understand that this is news but to continue to run these kids thru the mud is a little much. To run Mr. Smith’s picture with that caption under it was way to [sic] far. We know all these kids personally and all are great kids that yes made a huge mistake and are smart enough to know and understand what mistake they have made but to continue to bring awareness to this unfortunate incident by our own community paper to me is just a disappointment.

Mr. Smith and his staff are great administrators but in this instance Mr. Smith was at home being a dad not a principle,[sic] he was providing a safe place for the kids to hang out before the game and he was being a dad, not a principle,[sic] and certainly not a babysitter and had no idea of what was taking place.

It’s times like this if people would set[sic] back and think of what reaction you might have to an action would have been beneficial but unfortunately, the times we live in are all about social media and reporting the juiciest news.

George Cline, Jr.
Front Royal



  1. Nancy

    October 5, 2018 at 9:38 am

    The fact that these “great kids” felt this was appropriate behavior and made a public display of it is why it’s in the news. They insulted and offended in a public way, they should have to bear responsibility for their actions. It is sad but it is their own fault and they need to own it so they can learn from their mistakes and not repeat them. That’s what will keep them great kids, understanding they did something wrong and learning from it.

    It is actually more about their behavior than a time of social media and juicy news. It has to do with social media because they posted it to social media.

  2. Ashley

    October 4, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Boo hoo. Guess we wouldn’t see it had the children not did it. They made jabs about sexual assault, and called basically people who live in Strasburg incest. You REAP WHAT YOU SOW.

    • K Williams

      October 6, 2018 at 9:49 pm

      I am in total agreement with you and maybe if the Dad/Principal had been doing his job as a Parent this wouldn’t have happened.

  3. Terri

    October 4, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    While its true that it doesn’t need to be beat to death, it is also true that it is “news”. Any event that occurs in this area is covered by all the papers, and there are follow up stories, and people talk about it. If you personally know someone that was involved I could understand your concern, but coverage of this unfortunate event is no different than coverage of other unfortunate events.

    • Larry M. Funk

      October 8, 2018 at 11:46 am

      Terri … I agree with you. The Royal Examiner continues to provide in depth coverage on many very important community issues ! … Issues that in all likelihood, would never appear in the other media sources! … The great number responses received regarding the SHS students incident has been amazing and has provided a measure of public opinion rarely experienced via newspaper columns!!! … The public is getting much more involved in important community issues and this is a damn good thing! … At present our community has many issues occurring that definitely requires the old time methodology of in depth and investigative media reporting. … Ask the tough questions with a tenacity that obtains the answers the citizenry deserves to know! … Hard nosed reporting … Yes indeed! … The Royal Examiner deserves a great deal of credit for their outstanding reporting on the ” tough” issues! … Thanks … L. Funk

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