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Shame on The Signal for being irresponsible

Posted: November 19, 2008 10:40 p.m.
Updated: November 20, 2008 4:55 a.m.
 
We woke up on Nov. 15 and were shocked to see a front-page photo of young man skating at the skate park without a helmet.

It has been a day shy of a year since our then 18-year-old son Troy was involved in a very severe skateboarding accident at college. Troy suffered severe head trauma and was very lucky to survive his accident.

A year later, thankfully, Troy has almost fully recovered. What astounded us was that less than a month ago The Signal ran a front-page story about Troy and how he has used his accident to help others.

Along with attending the University of California, Santa Barbara full-time, Troy now volunteers and speaks to children at schools to inform them about his accident and the importance of everyone wearing helmets when they skateboard or ride bikes.

His story and his dedication to make sure everyone wears helmets have made a huge impact on many children. He has received accolades from parents and teachers and has changed the attitude of many kids about helmet safety.

Shame on you, Signal, for publishing a photo showing the young man without a helmet, what kind of message are you conveying?

Your lack of judgment to publish that photo will only encourage children not to wear helmets and it also counteracts the message Troy wants to get out to children, that not only do helmets save lives and prevent injuries, but it's also the law.

Shame on you Signal. Shame on you. Parents, please make sure your kids wear properly fitting helmets all the time, it could save their lives.

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