About 250 copies of the Georgia State University’s student newspaper were trashed last week, apparently by some students who didn’t like The Signal’s frat/sorority hazing investigation. Signal editor Miranda Sain writes:
There was one argument that I found very disturbing and that I felt needed to be immediately addressed. Some students argued that because student fee money was used to pay for the printing, the students had the right to throw away the newspapers. Since the printing of the newspapers was funded by student money, no theft occurred, because the newspapers were property of the students.
A distinction needs to be made clear here. There is a monumental difference between throwing away one newspaper versus throwing out 250.