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Story of 17-year-old’s truancy challenge not real news

How a delinquent trespasser becomes civil rights “hero”:

The front page of The Union on April 17 included the riveting story “Teen will fight curfew citation.” According to the story, a 17-year-old boy was cited for breaking the city’s daytime curfew ordinance. Apparently he is home-schooled, which would make him exempt from this law, but at the time of the citation, he did not have proof.

Is this story newsworthy? Why not print a story on someone who got a parking ticket and is fighting it because they have a permit, they only forgot to display it? Sounds like front-page news to me.

Personally, I would rather hear about how the boy was trespassing on the skatepark property, and the curfew ordinance is working to help curb this kind of behavior.

The headline drew me to the story. “Teen will fight.” It doesn’t sounds like much of a fight to me! What is the story behind this story? It seems to me that this boy is someone’s martyr. How about this for a title, “Delinquent trespasser becomes civil rights ‘hero'”?

Nancy Hendricks

Grass Valley

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