a student barricaded himself in his off-campus home. Police believed him to be suicidal.
Because weapons were involved - the student had a gun and fired several rounds, the area surrounding the home was cleared. Students and full-time residents had to leave their homes and were not allowed to return until after 2:00 a.m. Monday morning.
The student was taken to a hospital to be checked out. No charges were immediately filed.
Should journalists publish or air the student's name?
Do the people have a right to know? Shouldn't we know who among us has a weapon and has threatened to use it? Shouldn't we know who caused dozens of area people to be scared and discomforted?
Or should we err on the side of caution? The young man, apparently, is unstable. His was a personal situation and we could further traumatize him. And there is not a huge value in the public knowing after the fact.
What would you do?
6 months ago