Grief picture was totally unnecessary

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Way to go, Augusta Chronicle. Several years ago, you printed a picture on the front page of a dead horse. The outrage was so great that you printed an apology, and said that you would be more sensitive. That didn't last long.

I think that you outdid yourself with the picture on Wednesday's Page One. Was it really necessary to show the grieving father talking to the officer so soon after his son was hit by the school bus? What happened - you didn't get there soon enough to show the child in the street?

Bruce Kaplan, Evans

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HHSgrad 03/26/07 - 08:10 am
I totally agree. What were

I totally agree. What were you thinking?? This was completey unnecessary to show this photo in the newspaper. How can you do this to a grieving parent?? Not only do they have to deal with such a tragic loss, but to know that it was plastered on the front page of the paper was like putting salt in an open wound. How will they ever forget this?? I think these parents should recieve an apology, but I feel you should also donate to the fund that is being raised to help them out.

intheknow 03/26/07 - 11:12 am
What funds do you think the

What funds do you think the Chronicle raised? Should they donate in every case that they report on? Do you truely believe that people went out and got a newspaper just because it was a picture of the father on it? I remember feeling the same way when a picture of a murdered Richmond County Officer was on the front page with his sheet covered body lying in the streets for hours. I do not recall the outrage from that. Would I have printed this picture? No. But I feel the Chronicle was within it's rights and had a duty to do so. This Father becamed a person to all of us not just a line in a story. You do not have to agree but then again that is YOUR right.

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