KIRO TV’s Chris Halsne is getting some serious pushback against a series of reports that more or less accused Leschi Elementary janitor of physically assaulting students, a claim the district, the janitor, his union and some parents of Leschi Elementary students deny.
The Washington News Council, a media watchdog group without any actual punitive power, conducted a mock trial of Halsne’s reporting and determined that he and the station owe Chester Harris an apology. The proceedings were recorded by TVW:
The Stranger has been all over KIRO about the report, even digging into Halsne’s legal history (in one of Halsne’s reports, he lists all the crimes for which Harris has been charged but not convicted).
KIRO’s report was based on interviews with some concerned parents and grandparents of students who say Harris has pushed and otherwise bullied their kids.
Are you part of the Leschi Elementary community? Do you think KIRO owes Harris an apology?