Lauren Joyce (joycecohen) wrote in blazers,
Lauren Joyce

An urgent plea

I repeat, this is urgent.

First, read this article that appeared just recently in my school's newspaper.

Alright, now that you have done that...

Although my name is indeed Lauren, and I am a senior at Montgomery Blair High School and a good friend of Julia Bertaut's, and I was interviewed at the same time as she, I did not make those comments. Rather, they were made by another good friend, who was also interviewed at the same time and who I shall not name for the sake of preserving her anonymity. Both Julia and my transcript, which does not show a single B in the entirety of my secondary educational career, can verify that I am telling the truth.

To deny those comments, though, is not the point of my plea. Rather, I would like to urge Silver Chips to revise the method it uses to maintain the anonymity of the sources. Changing a person's name to protect his or her identity is perfectly fine, but simply swapping it with the name of the person who was sitting next to them is not; this only has the potential to hurt the reputation of others. More effort needs to be put into choosing names appropriately to accomplish the all-important goal of freedom of speech and of the press.

Please support me in this endeavor by either making a comment in the comment box below the article, or by spreading the word. Although it appears I have taken no action myself, I can tell you that I am currently in the process of drafting my own comment with my parents, as well as a letter to the editorial staff.

Again, I beg you, please help me. I cannot do this alone.


Lauren Joyce Cohen
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