Letter to the Editor

Messenger to blame My name is Vicki Durrant and I am the executive director of the Youth of Today Society, Blue Feather Youth Centre.

Messenger to blame

My name is Vicki Durrant and I am the executive director of the Youth of Today Society, Blue Feather Youth Centre.

This letter is in response to several articles recently written by the Yukon News in regards to Angel Carlick — one published July 16th, titled The search for Angel, written by Rhiannon Coppin and the editorial published July 18th titled What’s a person worth?” written by Richard Mostyn.

I would like to first comment on Mostyn’s editorial. Comparing Carlick to the Regina Thyrone case is totally unwarranted.

Your comments are based on ignorance as to what is going on in this investigation. Your implying that the RCMP is not giving sufficient attention to locating Carlick is totally inaccurate.

We have been working very closely with the RCMP, and I would like our community to know that there are many officers working long hours trying to locate Carlick.

In fact we have seen officers on a daily basis here at the youth centre since Carlick went missing.

As well, your turning this into a racial issue is totally irresponsible as an editor of a community newspaper.

You are not showing any care for the consequences of such comments. You are planting seeds of division in a time when our community needs to come together to help Carlick’s family and friends, who are experiencing a lot of pain.

This brings me to the article The search for Carlick.

The article begins with, “They stood around, unsure of where to begin. No one wanted to say it: She’s probably dead.”

The very next day the word on the street was that Carlick was dead, and that her clothing was found during the search.

We had youth and family members coming into the Youth Centre in tears because of how that story spread through the community. That story caused a lot of unnecessary pain to people who were already hurting.

To me that article was very insensitive towards those who are close to Carlick. I can’t understand why you would allow such crap to be published.

To what extent are you willing to go to sell your newspaper?

Please don’t use exploitation of Carlick as a means.

You may choose not to publish my letter, and I would understand.

I just hope that you will.

Vicki Durrant

Whitehorse