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Mellaney Moore suspended from covering schools over controversial hidden camera report

Mellaney Moore suspended from covering schools over controversial hidden camera report
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Last month, Mellaney Moore, a reporter for the Fargo-Moorhead TV station Valley News Live, entered three area elementary schools with a hidden camera. The idea was to test each school's security -- could anybody just waltz in and stroll down hallways crowded with children?

THE BACKSTORY: Reporter Mellaney Moore investigated for entering elementary schools with hidden camera

The answer, as it turned out, was yes, at least in Moore's case. But Moore and her station landed in hot water because at least one of the schools had a sign on its door that said, "During regularly scheduled classes, all visitors must register at the main office. Failure to do so is a Class B misdemeanor and a violation of Fargo municipal code 10-0320."

Moore, of course, didn't register when she entered.

Authorities investigated the situation. Yesterday, the result of that effort was announced -- instead of pursuing trespassing charges, authorities in Fargo and Moorhead agreed to a deal with Moore and Valley News Live where Moore won't cover school stories for 90 days.

Reached for comment this morning, Moore told us, "I'm going to have to say that we came to an agreement -- it's not a punishment."

"Per that agreement I'm not able to say anything more at this time," she continued.

Asked what she'll cover while she's prohibited from covering schools, Moore said she won't be hurting for stories.

"I'm a multi-media journalist," she said.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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