What was CNN thinking?

The following letter was written to the editor of the Cayman Net News on Tuesday, 15 May 15.

Your front page story on the explosion at Cayman Prep and High (published Friday, 11 May, 2007),while apparently factual, did the school, the students involved and your entire readership a major disservice by including in the last paragraph a completely gratuitous and irrelevant reference to the tragic events at Virginia Tech.

What were you thinking?

Were you thinking? Would you have included this unnecessary example of trashy pseudo-journalism if your child had been involved or even attended the school?

Quite honestly, I found it offensive and disturbing that you could in any way associate the admittedly irresponsible behaviour of the CPHS students with the homicidal acts of a mentally deranged young man.

To coin a phrase, boys will be boys. I’m certain that most, if not all, young people have gotten into some kind of trouble through thoughtlessness, curiosity, lack of knowledge and a certain penchant for experimentation.

I’m also certain that after the involvement of teachers, parents and the police, none of these young men will be repeating the actions that got them into such a lot of trouble. (Personally, I’d give them extra chemistry or science homework and put that energy and ingenuity to positive use. Who knows what they’ll invent when they are older?)

They certainly do not deserve to be linked in any way to the Virginia Tech tragedy.

http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/05/15/japan.boy.arrest.reut/index.html

Go to the above link and you will read about some truly disturbed and disturbing behaviour from young people.

Yes, the public has a right to know of events that occur. It is certainly the job of the press to report events, granted, but there are ways and there are ways.

Remember what you were like at 10 or 11 years old.

Now think of the effect of your poor choice of words on others.

Kathryn Daniel

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