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Suicide story

| Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, 8:54 p.m.

Suicide story

I find it disheartening, especially at this time of year when compassion should be at its highest, that the VND wrote about a man who committed suicide from the bridge on Route 28 and focused on his criminal history (“Child predator leaps to his death,” Dec. 11). Why is that important to the average reader now that he's dead?

Before writing such an article, do you consider that his family already has been scarred by what he did and now those wounds are being reopened? The media have no reason to place an extra burden on family members already hurt by the actions of this man. Start asking yourself if this is really news, because in this case, it wasn't. You didn't need to hurt innocent family members, who are already grieving.

I didn't know this man or anyone who knew him. It's all about the ethical handling of the matter.

Cheryl Swift

Buffalo Township

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