Law and ethics

The dangers of driving down Montebello Road

I co-wrote this story about a car crash involving four students at our school. After publishing, a source wanted anonymity, and our other sources claimed we had inaccurately reported the number of people in the car. We reached out to the Student Press Law Center for advice on whether it was ethical to make her anonymous after publishing, and whether we had any obligation to take down the story. Our heads team ended up meeting with the sources and an administrator, where we decided to keep the story up without any changes and offered them the opportunity to write a letter to the editors.

“Slow down.”
Those were junior Priyanka Sujan’s last words before the crash — words that came too late, just seconds before the car hit the tree.
25 mph. 25 mph is the speed limit on Montebello Road. But sometimes, cars flash by in blurs of brushed metal driving at 50 miles an hour. 60. 70. 80. 90 mph. The scenic drive is lined with a tangle of California foliage, but at these speeds the trees are nothing more than a kaleidoscope of greens.
The three passengers all recall how the car hit the tree as they drove back down the road. The airbags are filled, the black metal crumpled against the tree’s trunk. Four passengers were present, all MVHS students. The student behind the wheel had his driver’s license, but couldn’t legally drive other students yet. The student who’d first driven them up the road couldn’t legally drive other passengers under 25 years old either.

EDM genre spurs rave culture

A source who was quoted saying that she attended raves, and is aware of drug use at them wanted her name removed from the story since she was applying for colleges. The story does not say she does drugs, and I reached out to the Student Press Law Center to check whether the story could negatively impact her if it remained online. We decided to keep the story up without changes.

“EDM isn’t something that you hear on the radio a lot; it’s not something that [students]talk about,” sophomore Priya Kini said. “When we talk about music you normally think of your normal pop culture artists like Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Beyonce, all that which I love too but I feel like EDM is one of those genres that is much less known.”
As our electronic gadgets get fancier, our music also becomes more technological. Sophomore Priya Kini is among the many students that have fallen under the spell of electronic dance music, with it’s futuristic sounding beats which go hand-in-hand with the rest of the technology reliant 21st century.
Many music genres are popular in our culture today but few have spawned their own little subcultures. EDM is one genre that has, creating a trend known as rave culture. The dancing part comes into play during raves, the EDM version of concerts. Raves tend to be indoors and the audience forgoes seats to stand and dance to the beat.
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