Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Letter to the editor: Oct. 6, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

Ms. Hartnett,

Hello! My name is Brittany and I'm a student at Southeast. I make it a habit to always read or at least skim the Arrow and find it to generally be a very well written paper. A new addition I have noticed to the newspaper recently is the Incident Report, which in previous weeks has been called the Crime Log. I think this graphic is a good idea to keep students aware of what is happening on campus, but something about it troubles me. For the past two weeks, I have noticed a listing of "Suicide Attempt," complete with the time and location of this attempt. Even though no name is given, to me, this is still a violation of student privacy and could deeply upset the students it may be about.

I understand that these may be reported online where most people would not think to view them, but to report them in the student paper makes little sense to me. A person's struggles with mental health and suicide are not something which have any need to be publicized in this format, in my opinion. Perhaps your staff has considered this and has a good rationale for including them, which I would be very interested to know. In case not though, I wanted to offer a student perspective that seeing a listing of something so painful and personal in a crime log/incident report seems wholly unnecessary and could genuinely be very triggering and a source of shame for students who have been involved in these so called "incidents" (to report them as crimes is absolutely blasphemous, so I'm glad that has at least been changed). Please know that I am sincerely expressing a concern, and in no way attempting to be rude. I'm just genuinely curious as to the choices and reasoning behind this. Please let me know at your earliest convenience. Thank you!


Brittany Morgan