Youths need to learn from fatal accident

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, October 24, 2003

The day before Skyler was killed my husband was driving in the Switzer Creek area and saw a group of boys playing by the side of the road. One of the oldest boys, maybe high school age, grabbed a younger one and threw him into the road as my husband approached. He slowed down and honked at the boys. They responded with a typical rude hand gesture as he drove by.

What is wrong here? Is it a lack of respect for anything - life, death, authority? Kids have no natural sense of their mortality, so it's the parents' responsibility to teach them to at least respect adults who do.

I hope these young men take a different attitude after the tragedy this week. Skyler may have known better, but he was careless at the wrong time and sadly it cost him his life.

Parents, please at least teach your kids to respect the drivers of vehicles who do not want to hurt them, but have limited ability to control the moving mass of steel in an instant of foolishness.

Linda Coate

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