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Security says Spokane Falls college newspapers weren't stolen, newspaper staff disagrees

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Spokane Falls Community College security has determined hundreds of copies of the student newspaper were not stolen in April, as student journalists suspected.
  
The Spokesman-Review reported Thursday that about 400 copies of the March 8 issue of the Communicator disappeared from the racks at a rapid pace on April 2 and April 3, as students and staff returned to campus after spring break.
  
The issue featured an unflattering front-page about Darren Pitcher, who resigned as the college's president in February amid allegations of sexual assault and harassment. Student journalists believed someone stole the papers to hide the coverage.
  
Kenneth DeMello, campus safety director, said whoever took those papers wasn't technically stealing them because they appeared "free for the taking." DeMello said there are no surveillance cameras in that area.

Managing Editor of The Communicator, Madison Pearson, reached out to KHQ. According to Pearson, The Communicator staff disagrees with the statement that the incident did not involve theft. 

"Our newsroom lost approx. $324.80 because over 400 copies of our March 8th issue went missing," Pearson said. She noted that the 400 that disappeared in March account for one-third of their printed stock.

Pearson says the newspapers have a disclaimer on them now, stating "The first copy of The Communicator is free, but each additional copy costs 50 cents." 


  
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5/31/2018 10:59:05 PM (GMT -7:00)

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