SCENARIO 1: Under the headline "Pupil reduced to tears after teacher tells her: That short skirt makes you look like a slut and does nothing for your cellulite", the Daily Mail online carries a story ‘accompanied by a picture of the named 13 year old from a named school, modelling the skirt in question. Here are some of the comments left below the picture by the Mail's online readers:
"What on earth is wrong with this country? The child DOES look like a slut"
"None of this would have happened if the student had done what the teacher said. By the way, with that short skirt, she does look like a slut"
"Well, the skirt is far too short for school and does make her look slutty and dumpy too."
"Actually, she does look like a slut with her skirt so short."
With reference to the PCC’s Editor’s Code, on which it bases all judgements, assess what the outcome might be if you, as an outraged reader (and thus 'third party'), and not the girl herself, complained to the PCC.
Can you think of/find other examples where the PCC have been embroiled in controversy over press coverage of children?
The article remains on the Mail’s website: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1139238/Pupil-reduced-tears-teacher-tells-That-short-skirt-makes-look-like-slut-does-cellulite.html As well as the CU shot of her thighs, you can click to enlarge the LS of the girl. The PCC didn’t excel themselves here. (google ‘daily mail pupil reduced to tears’)