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Letter to the Editor

I was reading in the Monday, Sept. 12, 2011 edition in the Opinions/Editorials section that someone had wrote a letter to the editor.

I would like to inform people that it is completely legal to give out full names if the students are over the age of 18. All of these students were of legal age and their actions resulted in consequences. Also, because they were arrested and charged with a crime, a crime that is a serious misdemeanor, it is information that the public is able to obtain and not just Drake students.

Please inform everyone that, for example, the University of Iowa goes above and beyond more than what the Drake Security reports show.

The University of Iowa makes it public and puts the information in a section on the school’s public safety website. It lists in detail of all the charges that happen on campus. They list the date and time, the full name of the student, the age, the address that the student resides at, the location of the incident and what the student is being charged with.

– Erik Spangrud

Erik Spangrud can be reached at erik.spangrud@drake.edu

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  1. joanna September 20, 2011

    In reply to the above comment, no one has said that printing this article was not legal!
    It was VERY POOR judgement to print this article. These students have been charged – and some charges were made unjustly. The police report had some false information. Now that these students have had their names and faces plastered on the cover of the newspaper, for all of the university to read – BEFORE THEY HAVE EVEN BEEN TO COURT!

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