Fargo Reporter to Not be Charged in School Incident

  Mellaney Moore

Mellaney Moore

Good news for a Fargo Reporter.

The Reporter who faced possible criminal charges for entering schools without permission in Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead will not be charged in Fargo, according to a city prosecutor.

A spokeswoman for West Fargo Public Schools said it’s likely that Valley News Live reporter Mellaney Moore will also not face charges in West Fargo.

In Forum writes that On Dec. 11, Moore wore a hidden camera as she walked into schools in Moorhead, West Fargo and Fargo without checking in at the main offices. The story, meant to expose flaws in school security, led police in all three cities to investigate the reporter’s actions.

By city ordinance in Fargo and West Fargo and state law in Moorhead, a school visitor who fails to register at the office can face a misdemeanor charge.

But Fargo Assistant City Attorney Jason Loos said Monday that Moore will not face charges in Fargo.

Loos said the school district decided late last week not to press charges against Moore, in part because the reporter was directed by a superior to do the story. In cases like this, prosecutors take into consideration the desires of the victim, the school district in this case, before deciding to move forward with the case, Loos said.

“The investigation showed that she did what she did under direction of her superiors or superior or someone over at KVLY,” Loos said.

Heather Konschak, a spokeswoman for West Fargo Public Schools, said the district is “strongly contemplating” following in Fargo’s footsteps and not pressing charges.

She said West Fargo could make a final decision by the end of the week.

“Truly, there is no positive purpose to be served by the school district pressing charges or prosecuting Ms. Moore,” Konschak said. “That is not the nature of what a public school does in a community.”

Ike Walker, news director for Valley News Live, said he had no comment.