It also didn't take long for our education reporter, Kaylea Hutson, to find out the shooter was a 13-year-old Memorial student, and to confirm several bits of information about this student, including his name and address. The police told us they were searching a house at a certain address on Gray Avenue, and the boy's attorney, Charles Lonardo, started speaking in his defense the next day.
We, at JoplinDaily.com, have seen other news outlets in the area publish this boy's name. We have decided not to, at least as long as he remains charged under the juvenile system.
It may seem like a pointless gesture, especially since federal charges have been leveled against his father, meaning that man's name is out in the public record, but we have made the ethical decision not to name this boy as long as his case remains in the juvenile court system.
The opposite decision, of course, was reached by most other area media outlets, but it is refreshing to know that such decisions are not taken lightly.