Reader concerned that teens will emulate girl who took her own life

Dear editor,

I read your newspaper, and I'm usually delighted but today I was shocked to see Candice Shields' face on the front page.

Dear editor,

I read your newspaper all the time, and I’m usually delighted and proud of what our small community can produce but today I was shocked to see Candice Shields’ face on the front page.

Yes, it is a great tragedy that she chose to end her life and my condolences to the family and loved ones. Yes, she should be remembered.

But there are many teens in this community who have now seen this young girl become sensationalized in you newspaper.

Many of them are probably thinking, “Hey, she must be in a better place now and look at all the attention she’s getting. She’s famous; maybe I should try it, too.”

Leigh Ball,

Comox

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