After the jump, the latest example of the old adage, "Don't believe everything you read."
There it was, bad news, in big headlines on a local Richardson blog.
RHS - Academically Unacceptable
The big news today for the RISD is RHS has made it to the bottom of the list, the only RISD school to do so. Time for "No Pass-No Play Sports" at RHS?Source: Just My 2 Cents Worth.
But wait. Note the source. Do you trust this person? Follow the links. Why don't the links take you to the Richardson ISD website? Bill McCalpin's Rumorcheck.org has the story.
The "RHS" rated "Academically Unacceptable" is not our own Richardson High School, but the similarly named "Richards High School." Never heard of it? You're excused. It's in the small town of Richards, Texas, down near College Station. Its high school has an enrollment of 62 in grades 7-12.
Did the blogger who headlined the negative school rating know this? Did he deliberately mislead his readers? The circumstantial evidence is suggestive. He repeatedly mentions "RHS" and "RISD" but never writes the full name "Richardson." Unless you click on the links for "RISD" you wouldn't realize that they link to the website for Richards ISD, not our own Richardson ISD. Malice is suggested by the blogger tossing out a gratuitous insult, saying the students "are too dumb to learn how to take a test."
So, did he write a defamatory blog entry intended to malign Richardson High School, while carefully leaving himself room to deny saying anything at all about Richardson? Did it start as an embarrassing mistake, one in which his bias against the school district caused him to jump to a conclusion that suited his ideology, not the facts? We're unlikely to ever know what his motives were.
We do know that he took down the offending blog item (a cached copy can be found here). But more than that is needed. An apology is due the students, teachers, administrators and parents of Richardson High School.
For the record, the offending blog is the appropriately named, "Just My 2 Cents Worth."