More Issues With Our Schools.

I hate to harp on the same ol’ same ol’, but I just witnessed this event on the news, News crew attacked during report at TiZA charter school.

From the article: ‘The state Education Department on Monday directed a Minnesota charter school to “correct” two areas related to religion at the school on Monday.’ … ‘In an attempt to report about the new findings from the Department of Education, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS went to TiZA. While on school grounds, our crew was attacked by school officials. The two men were able to grab our camera and kept it until police arrived’

Initially, I was for the idea of charter shools, but in the last year or so I’ve come to have several gripes about the charter system. Most of the gripes are about what I perceive to be a lack of oversight.

Does the Tiza school kerfuffle reinforce my feelings about lack of oversight? I don’t know, but I can’t recall the last time a news crew was attacked by the staff of a traditional public school.

What do you think?

7 Comments so far

  1. Aaron (s4xton) on May 19th, 2008 @ 8:45 pm

    You know what? If I was framed with a bunch of BS like they were, the state decided to make changes based off of the buzz of what was mostly BS, and then KSTP of all people showed up, I’d probably be pretty pissed off myself.


  2. David (jacc) on May 19th, 2008 @ 9:56 pm

    Aaron – Pissed is one thing and they may have some justification for anger, but it’s no excuse for violence.

    Frankly, getting physical with a member of the mainstream media is only going to help TiZA’a detractors.


  3. Erica M (ericam) on May 20th, 2008 @ 8:17 am

    While on school grounds, our crew was attacked by school officials. Our photographer was injured while wrestling with the two men over the camera.

    Our photographer was examined by paramedics and suffered minor shoulder and back injuries.

    Did they "attack" the camera crew, or did they just try to grab the camera? Those are two different things.

    Frankly, getting physical with a member of the mainstream media is only going to help TiZA’a detractors.

    TiZA’s detractors are going to find any reason to detract, based on "principle" and not on any actual reality-based information. I don’t blame school officials at all for being touchy.


  4. David (jacc) on May 20th, 2008 @ 8:39 am

    Did they "attack" the camera crew, or did they just try to grab the camera? Those are two different things.
    Yes and no.
    I think they KSTP used ‘attack’ because the media loves hyperbole. Perhaps they should have used assault? That’s what it’s called when someone grabs a camera from a reporter or even the papparazzi and it doesn’t take much of google search to verify.

    Look at it another way, if you’re biking along and someone grabs your bike, if that an attack? Is it assault?

    TiZA’s detractors are going to find any reason to detract, based on "principle" and not on any actual reality-based information.
    Just like the adamant KK detractors are willing to ignore the reality that it’s not ok to grab someone?

    I had no issues with TiZa prior to yesterday and I think that KK is a hack and what I’m seeing is both sides of the issue have strong enough feelings to ignore ‘actual reality-based information’.


  5. David (jacc) on May 20th, 2008 @ 8:41 am

    One more thing,

    Those kids standing around could have seen the police arrest a camera crew for trespassing and gotten a valuable lesson in the law.

    Instead, they get to see a school administrator ‘attack’ a person.

    Nice example.


  6. Erica M (ericam) on May 21st, 2008 @ 8:30 am

    More on the sitch at Minnesota Monitor.

    TiZA says KSTP didn’t get permission to film. KARE11 did and were filming at the time of the incident. Inver Grove Heights police had, apparently, asked the KSTP crew to leave the grounds.


  7. David (jacc) on May 21st, 2008 @ 9:14 am

    I’m still waiting to hear if there’s going to be charges on one side or the other.

    I wonder why KSTP had to call the police after the incident if the IGH police were already there?



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