Cable networks have come under fire for interviewing elementary school students who survived the mass shooting their school in Newtown, Connecticut. Ordinary Americans took to Twitter to express their outrage:
"Interviewing kids? Disgusting the level you have stooped," tweeted "Scott" in reply to Katie Couric's announcement that she'd traveled to CT to speak with Sandy Hook students.
"Wolf Blitzer justifies interviewing children by saying their parents are present. Then shame on their parents as well as the reporters," lamented Twitter user Quinn Clark.
CNN's Anderson Cooper took the moral high ground: "In answer to your tweets, no, Of course I will not be interviewing children from the school. I do not think that is appropriate at this time."
Of course, some stories would not become known without hearing from the kids involved. One 8-year-old boy told CBS that his life was saved by a teacher who pulled him away from the gunshots and into an empty classroom.
Poynter's guidelines for interviewing children tells reporters to "minimize harm" and to ask themselves whether questioning a child will cause any harm that could be avoided.