A Teen Died How? The Stories That Shock Us, Too

It can sometimes be tough to cover tragedies. When the tragedies are both sad and shocking, like the Edgecombe County teen who lawmen died tied to a tree, it can really make you wonder.

One of the responsibilities on the anchor desk is to bring you the news without injecting too much of our own emotion into the delivery of the story.   When the story is a joyful one, though, we will add a joyful tone.  When it is of a tragedy, we will bring the tone down.  When I prepare for a newscast, I often think about how I would explain a story to a friend, and then proceed with the writing and the tone of the story.  However, I always must keep in mind my responsibility to the facts and objectivity.

Then you get a story like the one from Edgecombe County Friday, where lawmen said a teen died tied to a tree, and that his father told police it was a form of discipline. 

I hate those stories.  I give kudos to my colleagues who reported the story Friday and through the weekend and was fortunate that I had time to marinate on the story before having to eventually report the inevitable update on it Monday morning.  Stories like those almost make an anchor wish you didn't pay attention to what you were saying because you just can't believe what's coming out of your mouth. 

However shocking and tragic, stories like that become part of the record of the day, and thus, part of the newscast.  I think it's important our viewers know that, behind the scenes, stories like that shock us, too.


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  • by Tammy Location: Williamston on Jun 25, 2008 at 12:14 PM
    Im just ready to hear what type of punishment the father and step mother get for doing this to this young man. I dont wish death on no one-put punishment for your actions, Im down with. It was rediculous how they handled this situation and they need to pay for it. I also am anxious to know about the other kids and who has them. The one other thing I would like to know is: wonder how long this type of punishment has been goin on before this incident occured--probably since the biological mother passed and thats pityful.-"A Child Called It" book by Dave Pelzer is a good example of what this boys life was like--God rest his soul. Prayerfully he's in heaven with his mom now and wont have to suffe any longer.

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