Magazine article The Quill

School Should Drop Charges against Virginia Reporter

Magazine article The Quill

School Should Drop Charges against Virginia Reporter

Article excerpt

Woodbridge High School officials should immediately drop charges against a Virginia reporter who was arrested for asking questions apparently too tough for a school principal.

Kelly Campbell, reporter for The Potomac News and Manassas Journal Messenger newspaper in Virginia, was arrested in early June and charged with misdemeanor trespassing after an interview with the high school principal abruptly ended. The charge, if Campbell is convicted, is punishable by up to a year in jail

Campbell was arrested after principal Karen Spillman halted an interview about a controversial biology class project in which students took ducklings home to see if the baby ducks would learn to follow students as they do a mother duck. Campbell said she was not given an opportunity to leave peacefully before a school resource officer removed her from the building, arrested her and took her to the county lockup. …

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