Editor of Grambling’s Student Paper Fired For Showing Pics of Dilapidated Facilities


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The facilities are deplorable.  My high school which wasn’t a major powerhouse or anything had a better looking weight room, but when the student newspaper pointed that out, the school started firing people.

The online editor was fired and the opinions page editor is under a two-week suspension at Grambling State University’s student newspaper, The Gramblinite, following growing tensions there between students and administrators.

David Lankster Sr. said he’s been fired after tweeting statements from anonymous sources and photos of dilapidated facilities using the newspaper’s Twitter account, and he accused the school’s Director of Public Relations and Communications, former journalist Will Sutton, of attempting to censor student journalists.

“I was behind it. I was the only one on the ground hearing from the students and players,” said Lankster, the former sports editor who has worked at the paper since 2009. “Sutton was trying to mute our voice because we were tweeting the real news, the truth about what was going on.”

I can’t say I am surprised, this is the reason why the football players and others are so upset.  If the school spent more time fixing holes in the ceiling and less time trying to mute people’s voices, they wouldn’t have such a problem.

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14 thoughts on “Editor of Grambling’s Student Paper Fired For Showing Pics of Dilapidated Facilities

  • As a Grambling Alumnae, I am in total shock and frankly angry. It appears that the problems at GSU have not subsided. When I graduated in 1978, I had the “support GSU” mentality and contributed to the Alumnae Association. At the same time, I saw that the new President built a nice home on campus, which outraged many of us, especially since at the time it appeared that GSU’s financial stability was in jeopardy. PREZ would not have stood for that. Now I see that this new wave administration is trying to stifle the students’ voices and this is unacceptable. My letter has already been mailed to the university and the contents in it were not very pretty. Since the newspaper editor has been “fired”, this is no doubt pure retaliation at its best and I hope that any and all students involved will seek legal advice. Perhaps there is a legal remedy available to them. Who knows. The state of Louisiana has been trying to close GSU for years and really had this agenda prior to the time I attended. Thanks to the current administration, the State has renewed ammunition.

  • Since the players have agreed to rejoin the program, they should insist that the student editor be given his position back. He supported them, they should do likewise and if the administration balks, the players should call off the agreement.

    • Agree, not only the players, but the student body should stand up in support of the editor.

  • Shameful.

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