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This alert is for those who choose to post mean, unkind, uncivilized comments on our website, comments that continually violate the rules. Those commenters will be banned.

Other media groups have stopped allowing comments to be posted on their websites. We sincerely hope we do not have to do that and at the current time have no intention of doing so.

We truly embrace those of you who share your comments in a civilized, appropriate way, even as you might disagree with one another. We thank you from the bottoms of our hearts. You are the kind of people who make our community strong.

We hope you flag any inappropriate comments you see or email us at as we work to bring this back in balance. Thanks for your help and for being a valued member of our online community.

We allowed commenting on this story for much of the day. Comments are now closed on this story.

WITN commenting rules:

We encourage commenting on our stories to give you a chance to express your opinion. We rely upon the online community to report abuse. Repeat violators may be banned from posting comments.

Here are the guidelines for posting comments.

1. Be civil. Make your point without being rude, mean and disrespectful.

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6. No SHOUTING. Please post in upper and lowercase. We may opt to leave the occasional "ALL CAPS" post but only if there's a possibility that the commenter is not familiar with our posting policy.

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10. Do not post comments that are insensitive to grieving families. WITN will ban posters who deliberately try to antagonize those families.

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