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Callous and Sickening

In regard to the letter to the editor by William A. Friedman '02 ["The Responsibility of Krueger's Parents," November 3], I think that it is unconscionable for Friedman to lay such harsh blame on Krueger's parents.

Raising a child is not a simple matter of pounding instructions and rules into a son or a daughter as if one were programming a computer. It is a difficult and complex process which I doubt any person alive understands fully, especially those who have never helped rear a child.

I have no doubt that Mr. and Mrs. Krueger loved their son very much. I have no doubt that they sometimes lie awake at night, wondering whether or not there was anything they could have done to prevent his death. Any parent would wonder the same thing.

But no matter what they believe, and what anybody else believes, the truth of the matter is that no one will ever know why Scott Krueger performed the actions that led to his death. And to suggest that Krueger would still be alive if he had been raised by another family is sickening; frankly, it makes me furious. The Kruegers have suffered a terrible tragedy, and to further accentuate their grief and sorrow is simply wrong.

Tzu-Mainn Chen '98