A tipster sent me an email Friday to tell me about a drug search at Swansboro High School, saying they wanted to help me “get on the ball!!!!”
I knew about the drug search – which happens frequently (searches, not me knowing) – almost as soon as it began.
Please don’t construe this post as me saying I’m unappreciative of news tips. I’m not. Many, many good news stories written by me and countless other journalists were generated by news tips so keep them coming.
But knowing about something second hand and reporting on it are two different things. In order to report on something I have to either see it with my own eyes or have it confirmed through a reliable source.
The tipster’s notion that “Facebook is already buzzing about it” is not good enough.
And confirming something like that through the school system is like trying to square a circle.
Read this post from way back in February about the school system not answering questions about alleged sexual assaults at a middle school. Guess what. Still haven’t heard from them.
Maybe when they answer my questions about that I can slip in a question about a routine drug search of a high school.
Oh, and April 20 is the dumbest day to bring weed to school. Duh.