An interesting sidebar to the story of the Grambling State football team refusing to play against rival Jackson State
involves the student newspaper. The football players cited the poor conditions of the team facilities, and the The Gramblinite
’s online editor, David Lankster Sr., took up the cause.
He tweeted pics of the team facilities, which featured what appeared to be mold, degraded equipment and general blight. According to several reports, Lankster was fired for posting these photos:
Grambling’s director of public relations and communications, Will Sutton, said he wasn’t involved in the disciplinary action against Lankster, but the problem with the paper was with sourcing, not the photos.
The school also suspended Kimberly Monroe, the editor of the paper’s opinion section. Monroe refused to remove parts of a column from Grambling’s student government president that included the school president’s email. Grambling stated the suspension was over Monroe’s participation in a student rally.
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According to The Gramblinite
, it looks as though both decisions have been overturned: