Archive for Thursday, September 7, 2000

Responding

Letter to the Editor:

September 7, 2000

I would like to respond to Mr. Du Verney letter in last week paper about teen pregnancy.

First, I would like to applaud the Eudora News for bringing these girlsstories out into the open. It about time we get our heads out of the sand and admit that, yes, these things happen in our town, too. This has been happening here and everywhere for years.

It did use to be treated as shameful and embarrassing. And, as a result, these young women suffered. Some were torn from their families and ut awayand told they were bad. Many were so desperate; they ran away from home, tried suicide or dangerous abortions. So, I am thankful that times have changed. Now a girl can tell her family and get the support of friends, school and community. Mothers and babies can grow and love each other.

Everyone makes mistakes. It is what you learn from those mistakes that matter.

Unlike Mr. Du Verney, I know both of these girls and I can think of one bad thing to say about them. On the contrary, I think they deserve a pat on the back for taking responsibility for their actions.

I know Amy Hunt personally, and I witnessed the struggles she went through during her pregnancy. I think she should be commended for her strength and determination. She faced her problems head on and has done a great job. She stayed in school, graduated and is now in college. She is a responsible and loving mother. I have watched her with Alissa and can tell you, they are both happy and healthy. She does not look at Alissa as a mistake or a burden, just as a daughter who she loves.

I know a lot of women who were married for years before they had children and they are not half the mother Amy is. Amy should hold her head high and be proud of the job she has done.

I agree we need to teach our children morals. Society today has a lot of problems. Our children today face a lot of problems. So if they make mistakes, what do we do? Call them names and banish them from society? Or do we rally around them and offer them our support in spite of the mistakes theye made?

I sure everyone will have a different answer to that question. And so I say to Mr. Du Verneyomething so very simple I learned my first year in Sunday schoolLet he who is without sin cast the first stone.
Brenda Dolina, Eudora

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