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Cole Pargmann, a Cuero athlete will always be remembered by those who didnt live or interact within the community. The paper made him known to all. The loss of a child is great. The VICAD pics I thought were sorrow but yet respectable of the event. Thank you for letting them share with us Cole's services, though distant and some people who were strangers are now friends. Your kid was awesome! He has a great following this year. I hear via KAVU they got a tree going up and special stickers for the team to wear. Wear it proud and loud and best of luck to the Gobbler Nation!
I also agree that the article was in good taste. Everyone loves it when their child is in the paper because they are an awesome athlete. We brag and share with all our friends. The other side of the "fame" is that journalistically you are covered when something terrible happens as well because your image is already out there. The picture of Michele is wrenching, but it tells the story perfectly. A child going before his time,and a family grieving. Sudden deaths are never easy, and Cole's story is tragic. Perhaps his death will teach one young teenager to slow down especially when he sees the anguish that Cole's family endured. Kudos Victoria Advocate for stepping up and taking a slap from the community. This story was covered beautifully.
Chris keep on doing your job as best you know how,you can't please all the people all the time. I personaly didn't see anything wrong w/the story or the pic. I felt sorry for the family. But feel that it was a story worth covering.
Yes, those pic's were not necessary. That is a very personal trying time, and those photos should NOT have been taken.
Thank you for your feedback. I have adjusted the column for Sunday to make it more clear that we did not take the specific story and photos to the family in advance of publication.
Well you gave it a shot but again you missed the mark. You begin this blog with "We report on a funeral only when a person's death is of high community interest" WOW what a kick in the stomach to the families of the less interesting people who have passed. Then a paragraph about your daughters friend, while this too is horribly sad we're talking about your photo. I have spoken with the DeLeon family and nobody knows who gave you permission, was it some distant relative perhaps? The only people who should have been allowed to give permission, Cole's parents. Before the picture was printed, EVERYONE in the picture should have been asked. I appreciate your attempt at an apology but you spent more time talking about everyone else and as an afterthought tossed in an apology. Your "photo" didn't cause them any added pain, your enlarging it and printing it on the front page to exploit the "human condition" did that trick.
Yes you had permission to write the article..but you could have chosen a different picture. I personally know the family and Michele was very upset with the chosen picture. Even though you had persmission, you still crossed the line.