A tragedy occurred inside the Student Union, during a time where a lot of students eat at. Usually the peak time of the Student Union is around 9:00pm and 10:00pm, to catch the last meal swipe for the day. This past Thursday (August 27, 2015), a college student from Savannah State University past away. The student’s name was Christopher Starks. Sadly, Starks was shot and killed by an unknown person. This story has received a massive amount of attention nationally.
ABC News portrayed Christopher Starks in their article just as a 22-year-old from the Atlanta area. Starks was more than just a 22-year-old from the Atlanta area. Actually, Starks majored in Mass Communication and was a junior at Savannah State University. Near the end of the article, ABC News included that Savannah State University was founded in 1890, and is the oldest historically black college in Georgia. The information was kind of irrelevant due to the tragic incident that took place at Savannah State University with reference to Sparks. Also, the first time ABC News published the article pertaining to Sparks, they referred to him as an ‘aspiring rapper’, but it’s gone now. They were being biased, because they could still say aspiring musician or aspiring artist instead of ‘aspiring rapper,’ because that sets up an image for other people to prejudge Starks.
Fox 8, posted a photo with Starks Appalachian State University.
WTOC-TV News publicly posted a photo with Starks in a nonprofessional matter. They selectively picked which photos to use. They tried putting a bad image for Starks. The news did not know who he was and they selected a photo that did not represent him as an individual.
On the other hand, WSB-TV 2 Atlanta quoted Christopher Starks coach. “But he was a leader in different ways, because he had great grades, but he didn’t brag about having great grades,” said Coach Damien Wimes. “He was talented, but he did not brag about his talent. He was just raised well.” The facts that WSB-TV 2 presented was, “Chris Starks signed a scholarship with Appalachian State and played football there until he blew out his knew. He transferred to Savannah State University last year hoping to play there once his injury healed. His uncle also pursued a career in music and fashion design.” Also stating, “Starks’ grandfather and several uncles are church pastors, and Collier Starks said Christopher was all about church and football.”