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As a teacher of "at-risk students," I see young people becoming more jaded and callous. The world they live in has forced them to guard their emotions and notice only the most appalling behavior. Many outlets for media recognize this and adjust accordingly. Until now the Deseret Morning News seemed to have avoided this practice.

I was offended by the picture on Tuesday's front page but more concerned about Wednesday's glib response. Instead of apologizing, the staff suggested that we should be shocked for our own good. It's unfortunate this paper thinks we have seen so much human suffering that we all need to be shocked a little more.

R. Jonathan Pierce


Mountain High School