News? or Gossip?
By Charlotte May
We have been sitting at the periphery of a storm for the last few weeks. Since January 21 of this year, there has been an ongoing investigation of a drug ring on and around our campus.
According to the Montgomery District Attorney’s office, two masterminds, Neil K. Scott and Timothy C. Brooks, both local main-liners who attended the Haverford School for Boys and played on the same lacrosse team, allegedly orchestrated Project Takeover to supply and distribute drugs to local prep schools and colleges. This meant including two Haverford College students along with 6 other sub-dealers from high schools in the area as dealers at the Haverford School, Lafayette College, Gettysburg College, Haverford College, Radnor High School, Harriton High School, Conestoga High School, and Lower Merion High School.
The District Attorney’s office spoke out on Monday April 21st saying, “These arrests show that we are all affected by the cancerous and corruptive nature of illegal drugs.” While the facts are easily available through the District Attorney’s office at:http://www.montcopa.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/1784
Many of the facts that have been played over and over on the news, repeated in the dining centers and hallways of these campuses, have distorted the truth of what is going on. The facts have been blown out of proportion or mixed together and still we do not have a full picture of the events that have happened in relation to the drug ring.
The investigation and its fallout have brought a new question to the table: What is news? What are the facts? How much of the news we get is hearsay?
Being at the eye of a news story teaches us that much of what we hear and what is said is not necessarily the whole story. It begs the question of how much of the daily news we read and discuss is actually the reality of the situation?