An opinions column was published in the Jan. 30 edition of The Ferris State Torch about pro-life speaker Rebecca Kiessling, headlined “Shaming the Survivors.” The article accused Ms. Kiessling of saying that rapists do not deserve to be punished. This is false; she does not believe this and never said it. Instead Ms. Kiessling said that the children conceived in rape do not deserve to be punished.
On behalf of The Torch, we would like to apologize to Ms. Kiessling and the Ferris State community. Publishing false statements is unethical and is not up to the standard of The Ferris State Torch.
There was clearly a breakdown in our editing system prior to publishing the column in the Opinions section. Our values of truth and fairness were not upheld with this column being published with false statements. The column has been removed permanently online.
At The Torch, we truly believe that every opinion matters. In search of that goal there is no room for false accusations. All stories should contain information that is accurate.
The Torch welcomes Rebecca Kiessling and others holding various political and personal beliefs to speak on campus about controversial issues.
All Torch members involved with this matter will have disciplinary actions taken on an individual basis. The author of the article will be involved in two-weeks of mandatory training on media law and ethics. The author will not be writing any columns until the course is complete.
The Torch, as is the long-time tradition for reputable newspapers in our country, believes in correcting errors that may be unknowingly published. Thank you for your time.
If you have any questions in regards to this matter, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.