In the news recently there was a big deal made of the rescue of S. Groene, a young girl whose family was murdered. Her older brother had also gone missing with her. She was found and a “high-risk registered sex offender”. Her picture was widely publicized, both immediately after she went missing, in order to aid in her discovery, and afterwards, as part of the news of her rescue.
Today, an AP report tells us:
Note: underlining is mine.
This seems to be a case of locking the barn door after the fact. Has AP handled this correctly? How about other media outlets? Should the girl’s name have been withheld in advance, or at least upon her rescue, given what it was possible she had endured?