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Letter: We Didn’t Need Grisly Details

I would like to express my displeasure with Keith Cousins’ article on the front page of the Cd’A Press Wednesday morning (to which my family subscribes). As a parent of a 12-year-old who attends Canfield MS and an uncle to a 15-year-old girl who attends Cd’A HS I would have strongly preferred that the specific details on the methods and means by which Jonathan Samuel died were omitted while we, as parents, work with the school to let the kids digest and process the fact that a fellow student was murdered this week/Wayne Burton, Hayden, letter to the editor/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: All the media shared the details of the grisly double murder Monday, not just Keith. We've had a discussion on Huckleberries re: the need to share the name of the under-age suspect. What do you think? Should the media have shared the grisly details?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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