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Keep kids safe by educating them about river safety

| Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003

The answer to children drowning in the river is not to barricade the riverbank. It is for parents to educate and supervise their children.

First, educate children on the dangers of the river from the time they can understand and keep reminding them. Second, please take the time to supervise your children. If it means turning off the stove or turning off the television, do it!

The drowning of a six-year-old boy in the river is a sad and tragic event. I don't believe, however, a nine-year-old is mentally mature enough to be in charge of a six-year-old. Nor do I believe that the City of Arnold is responsible for this tragic event.

Darcy Shannon, Ormond Beach, Fla.

The writer is a former resident of Arnold.

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