Sensationalizing the facts

To the Editor:

While I was very pleased to see a reporter attend the Women's Self Defense Class that was held at Kingdom Gymnastics on Saturday, April 14, I was equally appalled at the article that was written about that event.

A more accurate headline would have been, "Area Women Educate Themselves about Safety and Self-Defense and Raise Money for a Good Cause. Oh wait, the headline, "Area Women Arm Themselves" is definitely more sensational and probably sold more newspapers, even if it was a distorted and slanted view of what actually took place at this class.

Yes, there was a brief discussion on the merits and drawbacks of certain items such as pepper spray, mace and even guns; but not one of the 22 women in attendance admitted to owning or using any of these items. Reporting on the increase of gun sales or sales of pepper spray in the community and linking that information to the self-defense class took away from the true nature of what and why we were doing the class.

Kim Wood and Kingdom Gymnastics just wanted to do something good for our community, and like so many other area businesses, make a contribution to the Melissa Jenkins Memorial Fund for her son. Of course, reporting on yet another good deed might have been a boring read, so it was more exciting to lead readers to believe that we are all "arming ourselves" out of fear.

Speaking for myself, as well as Kim Wood, we did not appreciate the manner in which this story was sensationalized.

Donna Reed

St. Johnsbury, Vt.


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