The George-Anne Media Group

Letter from the Editor

Noelle Walker

August 23, 2019

What we are reporting on in these first pages of today’s paper is something we prayed we’d never have to tell you all again. Confirmed yesterday, late in the afternoon, Georgia Southern University lost five of its students.Emily Clark from Powder Springs, Morgan Bass from Leesburg, Abbie Deloach from Savannah, Catherine Pittman from Alpharetta and Caitlyn Baggett from Millen have been declared deceased after a complication at a car accident in Bryan County.Looking around our newsroom, a group of young men and women are calling coroners, police officials, friends, classmates, presidents and parents. Young men and women holding back a tidal wave of emotion and confusion are calling the friends of deceased asking if they’d like to talk about them; some of them hadn’t heard the news yet. There is nothing more painful for us to report on and there is nothing more difficult for us to tell you about.I understand our covering of an issue as agonizing as this one will not always be comfortable or pleasant. We will do our complete and absolute best to remember these young women in a compassionate and honest manner.When something as horrific as this occurs, gossip, rumors and seemingly harmless jokes serve as blades in the sides of the friends, sorority sisters, family, professors and anyone else who had a relationship with one of the women who lost their lives.Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to Emily, Morgan, Abbie, Catherine and Caitlyn’s family, sorority sisters, friends and whoever else loved them.Holding back tears and speaking for the entirety of the Student Media staff in the office, in the field or at home: We are so, so sorry.

From the editor: Addressing a fabricated article, now removed

Blakeley Bartee

February 1, 2019

On Feb. 1, 2019, it came to my attention that a story written by a former staff member, Roxie Srikoulabouth, for the Fall 2018 issue of The George-Anne Reflector Magazine was entirely false. All interviews in the story were fabri...

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