Michelle Pippin, who lost her job when GateHouse Media decided to end the brief existence of the Joplin Daily, has been hired to handle public relations for Justice for Juveniles as the national group deals with the Memorial Middle Shooter case.
The Joplin Independent has the story on Friday's rally outside the Joplin Courts Building, which has been successfully spun as an "anti-bullying rally," shifting attention away from 14-year-old Thomas Gregory White's actions and alleged actions last October at Memorial.
The television coverage Friday heavily emphasized the bullying aspect of the story, much of which is featured in an article posted on the Joplin Independent website:
While many admitted that school bullying is not an excuse for school violence, they came to back Thomas White who allegedly was bullied repeatedly in school. Rosana Ladik of Diamond, a representative for Justice for Juveniles, would like to see more attention paid to stopping the practice. Ladik, who said that her two children were bullied when they attended school in Illinois, thought that, perhaps, Thomas White, like others who are shy, was "too easy-going" and "didn't know how to tell somebody to lay off."