Reports of Prostitution Referrals from Berkeley High School Hyped - But By Whom?
|Who's to blame - the source or the messenger?|
Last week, KTVU reported that the Berkeley police said they receive one to two referrals a month from the high school. But Berkeley police issued a press release Thursday disputing that claim, saying the department has investigated just three cases involving students from the high school in 2010, and two cases so far this year. Meanwhile, Berkeley school district officials told the Berkeleyside blog that Berkeley High School hasn't referred any students to cops who are suspected of prostitution.
So who's to blame for the one to two referrals a month statistic that alarmed the Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women? It's still not clear.
Indeed, Berkeley High School principal Pasquale Scuderi blamed KTVU in an email to the school community for its "salacious, tabloid style headline," according to the Berkeleyside blog. The KTVU report was called "Reports of teenage hookers rocks Berkeley high School." As of this morning, the print story appears to no longer be on KTVU's website - though it's still archived on search engines. The video report remains on KTVU's website.
We'll update when we get more answers.
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