Signal proceeds with “theft” case
The Signal has announced its resolve to pursue a case against those responsible for the theft of its newspapers, despite the Georgia State University Police Department’s reluctance to file a report for the “crime.”
The paper decided to finally file a report following a statement made last Thursday by Ben Williams of the Student Government Association, who said at least two girls came to him and admitted to trashing the papers and wanted the SGA to take a stand on the issue.
However, the responding officer said no crime was committed because The Signal later recovered the approximately 250 papers, which were removed from their stand and disposed of into nearby recycling bins inside the General Classroom Building on March 13, the day the issue hit the stands.
The issues of the newspaper that were disposed of contained a variety of controversial articles highlighting the various investigations by the university into local Greek life for hazing allegations and mentioned the alleged practices of several sororities and fraternities in particular.
A maintenance worker at the scene said she saw a small group of girls disposing of the newspapers approximately 15 minutes before Signal staff discovered the trashing.
GSUPD deferred the complaint to the Office of the Dean of Students for potential Code of Conduct violations by the students.
Miranda Sain, The Signal’s editor-in-chief, said the trashings were illegal.
“If someone steals your car but you find it later, that doesn’t change the fact someone stole something from you,” Sain said.
She said the girls responsible for the disposal should have acted in a civil manner instead of resorting to a form of censorship to suppress stories they didn’t agree with.
“If you disagree with what’s written, you have a right to throw away your copy of the paper,” Sain said. “If you throw away 249 other copies of the paper and deprive others of their right of access, then you’ve denied them information they have a right to.”
“Regardless of whether the papers are free or not, it is still censorship,” Sain said.
The 36-page issue was the largest known production printed in the 82-year-old history of the paper.