To the editor:
The case of two teens caught up in the local good ol’ boy protect your own club, makes me sad. Two respected kids have their lives altered because things that should have been handled parent-to-parent weren’t. Did the Dad think or care what publicly besmirching his daughter and trying to send a kid two years older than her to prison was going to do to their lives? Was his daughter’s pride, self-respect and standing in her peer group even considered?
I hope the “adults” leave the kids alone now and go on to the very adult matters of charges against the father and his posse; i.e, Wasco County Sheriff’s department and employees Sgt. McNeel and OSP Detective Rosebraugh. None of them had any legal right in this matter, and they coerced and lead the girl in her statements.
When I was a kid 50 years ago my Dad was Assistant Chief of Police. I went to a “party” that got busted, there happened to be stolen things on site. My Dad had to stand up and listen to those others lie about what I did or didn’t know. It was brutal for him. But he came home and said “you are my daughter, I love you.” I hope the father of this girl will say the same to her. And that her peers can give her the love and support she needs after being led in what to say and think by overbearing adults (let alone having her life laid out before the public). Really, guys, show her some understanding, please, she needs friends now.