“Girl assaulted at gunpoint” reads the front page headlines of the JS yesterday. Great headline for the out of town visitor to read and take a copy of this alleged assault back to their community. Bad publicity to offset all the hard work being done by community leaders to get businesses to locate in Peoria. Good headline to make people want to move out of the community. Not a good headline when at that point the JS had only the girl’s story according to the JS reporter. A thirteen year old girl approximatly a mile away from her school at 9:45 in the A.M? Today’s also prominent article on the subject says she was tardy. Hmmm.
The Journal Star has turned more and more into the National Inquirer. Print front page headline “news” before the complete information has been verified. Really helps build up our reputation, doesn’t it?
I suspect more to this story may develop further down the road. I wasn’t aware that kids who live about a mile away from school aren’t picked up the dozens of school busses I see everyday. Why would any mother send her 13 year old daughter to school walking thru an area so secluded that the event wasn’t witnessed or her screams for help heard by someone?
I certainly have great compassion for this 13 year old grade school student no matter what the circumstances are. I plan to follow this unfortunate situation carefully but I ask school administration to advise the general public what their policy is on distances from home to school, the safety of kids walking and what circumstances must exist before a bus picks them up. Did she perhaps miss the bus?
I note that the school is increasing security around the school. Is this security going to extend out to a radius of one mile? Hmmmm.
In simple language, I don’t believe this unfortunate event and the unfortunate behavior of the “athlete” going to school for an education at the U of I are worthy of front page headlines when we are getting enough bad publicity as it is.
Hope some school board member answers my question but the potential for lawsuits may prevent them from doing so. In the meantime “thumbs down” for the JS in continuing their drive to prove this is dangerous community to live in.
Is this railway part of the rail that the park wishes to turn to trails for only a cost of $10,000.00 a year to maintain? This was the figure given Tuesday night by Board President Tim Cassidy. Doesn’t sounds reasonable as security alone will cost more than that unless the park believes the city should provide the security instead of park police.