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Protecting children

Published: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

In the Oct. 3 issue on page A2, you printed a picture of schoolchildren at play. Then you did what I, as a parent, think is unconscionable.

You identified the children by first and last name, ages (9 to 10 years old) and the location of the school where the picture was taken.

Do you not realize how a person who would mean to do harm to children craves such information? A potential abductor now can identify the children, who their friends are, and where to find them during school hours. Plus, with first and last names and knowledge of the school location, their homes are probably identifiable as well.

And let me guess, since this was taken at school, the parents probably didn’t give permission to your photographer to take the pictures of their children and publish their personal information. By the way, did the school authorize your photographer to be on school grounds doing this?

Next time think a little harder about your editorial choices when it comes to protecting children, and to the parents reading this, remember to keep your children safe.

Edward Varga


(Editor’s note: The Northwest Herald received all necessary permission from the school to photograph the subjects questioned in this letter to the editor.)

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