Letter: Story on teen raises troubling questions

Ken Colburn


To the editor:

I wanted to express my gratitude as a reader for your sensitive portrayal of the 15-year-old teenager, Jacob Derrickson, who tragically died recently when a car collided with his mo-ped. This story represents one of the main reasons why I subscribe to your paper. Your story gracefully highlighted the positive qualities of this young man while suggesting his aspirations for the future.

Jacob’s love of family, friends and life itself shines through in your story. Your story also reminds us that all teenagers face challenges “growing up” and few of us make the transition from childhood to adulthood without making a few mistakes. Most of us learn from them and how to do better next time. The fact that Jacob was killed while on his way to fulfill a community service obligation to rectify a small mistake speaks to the fact that Jacob was, indeed, learning how to do better in the future.

That he was involved in this fatal accident while in the process of doing so is a noble tragedy that perhaps only God can fully fathom, but it also affirms Jacob’s moral character and the fact that he was a young man deserving of our respect and admiration. Your story provides much needed public recognition of this decent and fun-loving young man and I hope serves as a small comfort to his family and friends as they deal with their grief.

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