Furious Over Kirkwood Lockdown Stunt, Rep. Stacey Newman Calls Out KSDK in New Bill

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Missouri State Representative Stacey Newman.
Call it the KSDK Bill.

Missouri State Representative Stacey Newman introduced a new bill Wednesday that would make it a felony to intentionally threaten a public school or building.

The bill comes less than a week after a KSDK-TV (Channel 5) hidden camera investigation into school security that put Kirkwood High School on lockdown for 40 minutes, terrifying parents, teachers and students.

"As a parent in our climate of incessant school shootings, I am beyond angry a local television station tricked a school purely for a ratings bump," Newman blogs on the Huffington Post. "I would even call it inhumane."

See also: KSDK Investigation on School Safety in Kirkwood Reveals Journalists Are The Worst

Newman's bill, HB 1522, makes it a felony to threaten public schools or to knowingly cause a false fear that a school has been threatened in order to expose internal security procedures.

"If passed, it would deter any copy-cat attempts to expose security problems," Newman says.

KSDK sent five reporters with hidden cameras to five public schools to test security. Only at Kirkwood was the reporter able to access classrooms and the cafeteria without being stopped or questioned.

When the still-unnamed reporter decided he had the scoop he needed, he left the campus without notifying the school, leading to a frantic, hour-long manhunt. School officials guessed he was with KSDK because of the outgoing message on his cell phone, but KSDK did not admit they sent the reporter until after the lockdown had begun.

See also: 9 Investigative Reports KSDK Should Work On Now After That Epic School Safety Story

"I can't imagine who at KSDK approved this stunt...As you might suspect, parents, teachers and the entire Kirkwood community are hopping mad after being terrorized," Newman says.

The lockdown is particularly traumatizing for Kirkwood, where a gunman shot and killed six people, including police officers and politicians, at a city council meeting six years ago.

"KSDK (and any other media planning such a stunt,) get your act together," Newman says. "People's lives are being lost via real gun violence every single day. Rethink tricking a school. Rethink your sensationalism. Rethink your mission."

See also: Kirkwood High School Newspaper Reacts to Lockdown, Compares KSDK to Kanye West

Continue reading for the full text of the bill.

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Bill Roth
Bill Roth

As I said before the office staff was totally wrong. tHEY should of taken him straight too the door and then called LAW... enforcement and they would not of had a lockdown ....now do you agree

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

I predict after this becomes law some student newspaper reporter is going to get it broken off in their ass down the road.

Margeau Baue Steinau
Margeau Baue Steinau

It isn't "unsafe," as the school found out weeks earlier during another incident. They took the actions deemed necessary by the situation--and despite what outsiders may or may not think, no one outside of the actual school community was ever given the actual details of what went down. Which is also a responsible action on the part of the district. Lots of people who have nothing to do with the school or our community have lots of opinions based on the irresponsible reporting practices at KSDK--and that's fine. I much prefer keeping our safety protocols hidden from people outside of our district. Kirkwood is very well prepared, and the care and concern for our students that the staff, faculty, and law enforcement have is outstanding.

Angela Boyher
Angela Boyher

I'm not saying what they did was right but nobody would have ever found out how UNSAFE the school really was!

Keith Hendrick
Keith Hendrick

The other campuses KSDK looked at were elementary schools and therefore not really campuses. In a true campus, students move from building to building throughout the day. It is therefore impossible to prevent an intruder from entering a building unless you surround the school with barbed wire and armed guards checking IDs on all 1000 students who move from one building to the next 6 periods a day. When I was in high school, I had classes in 4 different buildings and passed through 11 different entrances, changing buildings every hour. That doesn't include parking or buses. It's far easier to secure a sports stadium. I wouldn't want my child going to school in what amounts to a prison. KSDK had a fair idea in evaluating school safety, but dropped the ball when they refused to acknowledge that their reporter was on campus which they had a moral and ethical responsibility to do. But I don't think we need criminal laws to legislate it. KHS and the parents should file a class action against KSDK to recover damages. Then their lawyers would prevent them from stupid stunts like this.

Kenneth Lee M
Kenneth Lee M

what is the difference between KHS and other campuses? All the other campuses did a good job!

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

I dont think we need to pass a law. The bad publicity is enough.

Mark Sullivan
Mark Sullivan

Ok, so what is your solution? You talk like you know, as if you were there, like you know KHS's campus. First, get your facts straight, an hour had not passed before the school went on lock down. The reported had stated they were looking for the office, he/she was directed to the office, after he/she made it to the office, what happened next was not video'd. If you have ever been on KHS Campus, then you would know the layout, correct? What is the difference between KHS Campus, and the other schools they visited? Let me answer that for you, the Campus is larger and consists of more than one building. Matter of fact, there are 4 buildings that make up this school, all are seperate, meaning they are not joined in any way. Another fact, that obviously you are not taking into consideration, is when you run an investigation, make sure it's realistic. The shooting at Sandy Hook, who had all the checks in place to meet KSDK's version of what was right, the shooter blasted in, shot and killed the first person who stood in his way, before law enforcement could be called many children perished. DC Naval Yard, the shooter was a contractor, had access to the base, Virginia Tech, the shooter was a student, had access to the campus, Columbine the shooters were both students, access to the campus. Since 1991 almost every single school shooting has been done internally, meaning a member of the student body was the shooter. I'm quite certain, that KHS, is aware of the issue, I'm sure they are handling it in a manner that you are not aware of, in large part you do not have the Need to Know. Stunts like what KSDK has pulled, and NBC affiliates, causes terror on the campus and within the community, which is unneccessary. Each school has it's own specific issue, and are not secure, including the ones KSDK claims is doing it right.

ut_4_me
ut_4_me topcommenter

And it took her a week to figure this out?

Brenda McBride Watson
Brenda McBride Watson

Are not terrorist threats already illegal? I'm sick to death of politicians whoring it up in the spotlight

Tony Merklin
Tony Merklin

Here's A Hint: Why doesn't Rep Newman worry about constructive and viable Missouri Legislation ????? Is she related to "Newman" on Seinfeld ???

Eric Levy
Eric Levy

Despite the outrage over the silly tactic, there is still a first amendment providing freedom of the press to be idiots...

Cat Blade
Cat Blade

I don't get it. Why is Kirkwood so butthurt over going into lockdown? I used to work at FHSD and they'd go into lockdown all the time if there was a "suspicious person" running around the greater metro area. That person didn't even have to be in St. Charles county - they could have been last spotted in West co. or North co. We went into lockdown at least 6 times per school year. Sounds to me like Kirkwood is getting huffy with embarrassment over the fact that they ALLOWED an intruder into the building without checking/verifying his ID and giving him a visitor's pass with his legal name on it. That's the protocol and it is up to any and every staff member to stop someone without a proper visitor's pass (hanging around their neck or taped/pinned across the front of their chest) and redirect this person back to the office. You don't have to be a jerk about it. I can't tell you how many times I stopped people I didn't recognize and asked, "Hi - can I help you?" They would tell me yes or no, and then I would nicely ask them to go to the office, check in, and get a visitor's pass. Beyond that, the schools have a buzzer for a reason. You're not supposed to be allowed to just waltz in. You have to be buzzed in. I see no point in buzzing people in if the secretary just lets them walk on through without verifying their identity. Kirkwood screwed up. Going on lockdown is the final step when there is an unidentified person in the building. Why is that person unidentified? Because someone wasn't doing their job.

Marissa Hirlinger
Marissa Hirlinger

Kirkwood dropped the ball. They didn't have an adequate plan in place for an intruder. That's what is most important here that many people are trying to sidestep by blaming KSDK. I'll bet if you asked the columbine or sandy hook parents how they felt they wouldn't be pointing the finger at KSDK...they'd be asking why kirkwood wasn't more prepared!

Patty Zubal
Patty Zubal

I thought republicans were for less government. Quite honestly, KSDK probably helped the school with identifying weaknesses in their emergency plan.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

All of you fuckheads that are blathering about 'government wastes of time' and bitching about 'new laws', why are you selectively holding your outrage to this story?? What about this one?;

72 Hours Later: How a Mizzou Student Turned Waiting into an Abortion Rights Protest

Seriously, tell me how this other story isn't a fucking waste of time as well? You hypocritical assgoblins.

Karl Richards
Karl Richards

Yet another law when all we need to do is ask our Journalism community to revise policies and act much more professionally. I'm sure they would accept that and move on. I don't think they wanted to upset anyone...In fact they were trying to save kids by doing this type of report. But they need to think seriously hard about how to avoid this type of drastic situation in the future. Scaring people during school hours detracts from the learning experience. Work smarter KSDK. Not harder.

Wire Frost
Wire Frost

All I got to say about this is what if it was a Gunman Ticked off at Someone there . THAT WAS THE MAIN REASON FOR THIS PPL . I Swear THIS IS what is Wrong with our GOV . ppl like this woman and ppl blaming the station for doing something good . Remember her name NOT TO VOTE FOR HER . SHE Must not have enough work to do there with this on her mind . ROCK ON St. Louis

scottb16
scottb16

Webster Kirkwood Times identified the reporter as John Kelly. Why does he keep be called an unidentified reporter in all other media outlets?

Michelle Accardi
Michelle Accardi

Be furious over the fact that your not protecting the kids like you claim you do and fix it.

Kip Sparrowk
Kip Sparrowk

Think of that Lockdown as a drill. Those people should be relieved and happy their kids are safe. What if KSDK didn't whistleblow and the shit was real. Everybody needs a big tall glass of lighten up.

Darrell Ford
Darrell Ford

blame it on the sweeps of February, all the stations are trying to out do each other with "dramatic" stunts.

Theresa A. Boettler
Theresa A. Boettler

Well then kirkwood should not have let the KSDK/under cover person in to begin with. They were trying to prove how easily it is or is not to get into a school. Now kirkwood should be looking at themselves and thanking god it was just an under cover reporter vs someone that poses a threat!

Roy Jacobs
Roy Jacobs

Really? What is this Nazi Germany? Newman needs to worry about the economy, jobs, and maybe performing her job, not out to create a new law...Typical, pass the buck and blame someone else.

Andee Rose Shymama Gagliano
Andee Rose Shymama Gagliano

i haven't liked KSDK for a few yrs now; they are very unprofessional, especially the web producers, or whomever it is who runs the Fb pages.

Yippee Skippee
Yippee Skippee

Just pull KSDK Channel 5 FCC license its set ro expire in Feb!

Holly Marie
Holly Marie

A LAW?!?!?!? Aren't there bigger things to worry about!!!!! Sounds like someone has to much time on their hands!!!!

Kristy Lytle
Kristy Lytle

I am so sick of KSDK being blamed for a lack in the school's security protocols. I applaud their efforts. The school allowed a person to be unattended. The school lost track of said person. So blame the person? If it had been someone wanting to hurt staff or students they'd have been able to do so... and yet the school isn't to blame? Astounding. I'll make note of that the next time I don't want the blame for something: just point fingers and blame someone else.

Martienne Cotter
Martienne Cotter

Yes, Kirkwood should have better security. But KSDK was at fault, as well, for refusing to let them know it was a reporter after the fact. The reporter himself should have signed out in the office and let the secretary know who he was, and the station should have verified it was one of their reporters doing a story. It was handled very unprofessionally. However, I'm not sure this law will make a difference. They were negligent in their duties, not threatening.

Tim Baylard
Tim Baylard

Get over it. Where is the fault for the Kirkwood School District? How many more tragedies do our schools have to go through before we screen everyone who walks into a school? The school went on lock down an HOUR after KSDK walked into school and different administrators or employees let her walk all over the school without asking why she was there? Time to get priorities in order.

Trish R Bertrand
Trish R Bertrand

I'm a little more angry because the school went into lockdown because they could not find a reporter. Stop sliding away from responsibility.

Theirry Less
Theirry Less

Well.. What did KSDK expect? A handshake and medal? Lmao! People were scared to their core. But.. I would also say "shame on you Kirkwood" for not making it secure for your kids to attend school. Use this as a valuable lesson instead of crying about it!

kramer21_00
kramer21_00

Its easy to say "what if it was a gunman" AFTER the fact. Yes KSDK probably helped KHS find a flaw however would it have been so difficult to inform the school admin's office of this so when they needed to verify that it was a test then they wouldn't have had to be locked down? 


The manner in which KSDK decided to do this caused unneeded stress on all involved. This came after another lockdown b/c of broken light tubes in a closet and while it was 6 years ago, the city council shooting is still on the minds of kirkwood residents. 


The campus of KHS is huge and has many entrances, I am a grad and I never felt worried about any of this in my years attending. 

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

What the fuck was it the station did that was 'good' in your opinion?? Were you dropped on your head as a child?? Fucking idiot.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Yeah, it's just like nazi germany. Any minute now the big bad gubbermint is going to start tossing jews into ovens. People like you need your fucking head examined when you make such retarded fucking comparisons.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

You applaud their efforts because you are a fucking dolt. Seriously. Fuckheads like yourself are the reason that these news stations are sensationalist cockheads. Fucking idiot.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Hooray! Anarchy now for fucking dolts like yourself.

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