Parents and teachers at a Brisbane Catholic boys school where a student was allegedly stabbed to death last month have denied suggestions of a culture of bullying at the college.
Elliott Fletcher is dead. He was stabbed and that stabbing caused his death. There is no “allegedly” that accurately fits into that statement.
I know that the intent is to be circumspect about the guilt of the other student who has been charged with the murder of Elliott, but the “allegedly” belongs somewhere in that collection of phrases a few paragraphs down the column, not in the sentences that describe Elliott’s death.
This is not just sloppy, it’s highly insensitive to the Fletcher family who know very well that Elliott is not just “allegedly” dead. Does the Brisbane Times not employ sub-editors any more?