Good reporters appreciate when they’re corrected.
I know that most of the time I’m kind of snarky, but I really am serious this time. Like everyone and like any job, we make mistakes. But I would much, much, much rather fix a mistake than let it hang there, looking like some kind of festering wound. Sick.
So even though I hate to be wrong, I was so grateful to three readers who emailed me this morning to tell me that I wasn’t right. I wrote a story that ran in the paper today about the sale of two elementary schools in the Midwest City-Del City School District. In the story, I said that Sooner Rose Elementary was built in 1966. It was, in fact, built in 1949. I’m honestly not sure how this mistake happened; those years aren’t even close. Nevertheless, a correction will run in the newspaper tomorrow. And I wouldn’t have know there was a problem if it wasn’t for these three emails:
- You might want to re-check the date that Sooner-Rose Elementary was built. My mother, who will be 67 years old this year, attended school there from 1st to 6th grade. It was called simply Sooner School then. When she was in the fourth grade, the west wing (the oldest part of the building) burnt and was rebuilt. That would have been no later than 1954. She graduated high school in 1962.
- I don’t know where you got your information but it’s incorrect. Sooner-Rose Elementary School was not built in 1966. I was a kindergarten student at that school in 1959-60 and it wasn’t a new school even then. Please go back and check your facts.
- Sooner Rose Elementary School was built before 1966 (reported in your article) as I attended 1st grade there in 1958. The school has been through a name chaange from Sooner Elementary to Sooner Rose Elementary and has had additions built to eliminate barracks however the main scructure was there prior to 1966.