I am writing this letter in regards to the photo that was printed in our local paper on April 3.
First, let me state that I am not writing this letter on behalf of the family, I am writing this letter as a mother of a small child.
I also want to state I made a phone call to the local paper to address my concerns with the picture and they listened to my concerns and welcomed me to write a letter if I wished.
I’m speaking of the picture taken from the scene of the pedestrian/car accident that happened on the afternoon of Thursday, March 28. I must say my heart jumped into my throat when I saw the picture of the young child’s boots and mittens lying on the road. WHY did this picture need to capture this terrible image? Maybe a photo of just the police cars would have done the job.
And yes, I realize this is your job, but come on, really. We are lucky to have a local newspaper that we can run to the corner store to purchase to catch up on local news and sports. That’s the thing though, we are a close-knit community where most people know each other. I’d expect to see this in a big city newspaper, not so much in our Journal Argus. I can only imagine how this family felt opening the paper and reliving that terrible moment.
Maybe a picture of the family, together, showing a happier day, or an update on the recovery of the child, would have been a better way to handle it. I find I’m a person that holds a heavy heart for people that have terrible things happen to them, as most people do. It’s funny, I’m always telling our daughter to “put yourself in their shoes, how would you feel,” so please take the advice that I share with my five year-old daughter, Mr. Slater, and put yourself in that family’s shoes.
On a happier note, I am pleased to share that the child is working on a full recovery!