Shame on the writers, photographers and editors of The Dispatch for the insensitive delivery of the story "Boy dies in S. Long Lake," printed on Tuesday, July 17, 2001.
A number of the details of the accident were inaccurate. The family, friends and those involved in the searching were in shock and grief and the writer was busy, uncaringly, getting interviews for this sensational story. This could have been your child.
Next the picture that was printed was not the only picture taken that day. The editor could have chosen any other picture to put on the front page of the paper. Instead the picture that was used was taken the moment family, friends and searchers realized that Nathan was gone. This could have been your child.
Lastly, shame on The Dispatch for the picture that was put at the bottom of the front page on the same day this terrible accident was reported. The caption was, "Up to his ears in relief from the heat," with a picture of a boy in water with his head barely out of the water. It is not hard to be sensitive; you only have to remember, this could have been your child.
I would also like to say to the family, I can't imagine what you are going through. It has always been my greatest fear that I would lose a child. Please accept my condolences. This could have been my child.
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