posted on Jun, 11 2013 @ 10:19 PM
Fifteen months ago a young lady who attended the same 7th grade classes as my son was kidnapped. Fortunately, in a happy ending, a few days later she
was found and returned unharmed to her family.
The day immediately following her abduction, there was considerable media attention centering around the school campus where she and my son attend. A
local news station was asked by the principal not to film the students, but as the final bell rang and all the kids began heading home the reporter
and his camera man quickly set up, started taking footage, and even initiated an interview with a mother who was all too anxious to be on TV.
Meanwhile, many other parents were appalled and concerned about the intrusion. Could this unwanted attention somehow create more danger? The camera
was recording children’s faces, the cars they got into, if they began walking home, who walked together, who walked alone, and more. Thank God I
don’t think like a predator, but wouldn’t this be almost a Christmas present for someone who does?
Short story is this. I personally asked the camera crew and reporter to not film, and definitely not my son. After being told I had no rights and they
could do whatever they wanted, they shoved the camera literally only a few inches from my face and wanted to know what I was going to do about it. I
was exceptionally uncomfortable with the invasion of my personal space and the absolute disregard for the children's safety so with no aggression
whatsoever I pointed the camera away.
Tomorrow morning I have to go to court and explain why I shouldn’t have to pay over $700 in fines for assault.
Anyone who has read my posts knows how protective and concerned I am (like many others) regarding my family. Studying the internet, I have found
confusing and conflicting end results regarding the rights of an individual vs. the rights of the media. I’m not asking for advice, just curious to
see if anyone has seen this type of incident before and what happened. I will say that since I can’t afford an attorney, I certainly can’t afford
to pay such a large fine for what I consider defending my son’s privacy and safety, so I may not get to post again until they let me out.
I do want to admit there are many ways I could have handled the situation differently but even now I can’t say I could have simply walked away then
still been able to look myself in the mirror and believe I cared for my kids as much as I claim to.
Chew me out if I deserve it, but has anyone seen similar events and remember the outcome?