KSDK-TV led its 10 p.m. newscast Sunday night with an apology for the station's role in a lockdown at Kirkwood High School last week.
News Anchor Mike Bush said the station hadn't intended to scare students, teachers or parents when it sent a reporter to the school for an investigative piece on school security. When school personnel lost track of the reporter, they called his cell phone and learned he worked for KSDK, but they were unable to verify that he had been on assignment at the school. That's when they locked down the building as a precaution.
Bush went on to say that it doesn't matter what the station's intentions were, their actions "caused undue stress and fear."
Bush says KSDK General Manager (Lynn Beall) met with the Kirkwood Superintendent to apologize in person.
Bush says the Channel 5 news team spent the weekend evaluating what happened and what they could be doing differently. He says they've "already begun implementing changes to make sure nothing like this happens again."
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis County police are apologizing to a family that complained of harassment while repairing a south county home.
The family says police targeted them for being in the wrong neighborhood. KMOV-TV reports that one family member recorded an officer warning that he would come down on them "like a headless horseman" if their alibi was false
Dale Watson was hired by a real estate agent to fix the home near Tesson Ferry and Butler Hill Roads. Watson, who is black, says the comment was meant to invoke the Ku Klux Klan. He received a letter of apology from Police Chief Tim Fitch after complaining to the county.
The incident occurred in a county precinct where Fitch recently fired a police lieutenant who ordered his officers to target blacks.