On September 4, 2016 a family suffered the loss of their son in a terrible traffic accident. It is any parents’ worst nightmare to lose their child. One would expect media outlets to report about the life of the young man and the truthful and specific details of the accident, but instead of receiving sympathy and empathy for the loss of our child my family was attacked by our community during our most vulnerable time. The media decided that our son’s life had no value, so they reported about a dirt bike and assassinated my son’s character. My family and I were not allowed to merely grieve, instead we have been devastated by the community that we called “home”. Each day we helplessly had to sit and watch while the local media abolished his memory and dehumanized our son. The unthinkable task of making funeral arrangements for our son was made infinitely more difficult each day. We felt as though they were trying to completely destroy our family and force us into a battle with the media by means of extreme bullying. They didn’t understand one thing, that burying of our son with the dignity and respect that he deserved was our #1 priority. We are not always angry, (click on link) but when you attack my family my protective instincts surface as it would for any parents who loves their child!
I cannot understand how a media outlet such as the York Daily Record/Daily Dispatch could be so irresponsible and insensitive of a family and community in their time of mourning. As a community and as a family we are crying out for justice, understanding of a terrible accident, and the loss of our son’s life. York Daily Record/York Dispatch as leaders of the community as you claim to be, we are greatly disappointed at your desperate tactics to create a story. Your ethics are questionable and deplorable when it comes to true and accurate reporting. How dare anyone try to raise the value of a dirt bike over the life of a human being? No family deserves to be dragged through the horrible experience that we are being forced to endure.
Mission Statement for The York Daily Record, they forgot to add the part in red.
We position ourselves as the No.1 news and information source in and about York County, EVEN IF ITS UNETHICAL, SLANDEROUS, AND UNTRUE
What’s more disturbing is that a community has stood by and witnessed the assault on a grieving family while doing nothing to stop it. According to the law that makes them accomplices to the crime. Again I fail to understand how a community can idly sit by and allow this, no family deserves to go through this horrible treatment. I don’t understand how a community can continue to support any business or organization in their efforts to demoralize the memory of a loved one. When this practice becomes acceptable it can be used against any and every one.
My disgust also spreads to the leadership of the fine City of York. As leaders of this community you are responsible for the actions of the individuals under your leadership. True leaders, which is not a term defined lightly. Mayor C. Kim Bracey, has an obligation not only to the Commerce but to the citizens of that community. Our expectation to hear from Mayor Bracey at a time of grief, despair, and injustice is not inconceivable; but it is what empathetic leaders do to let hurt parents know that they care. We, as a family, are calling for Mayor Bracey to correct the injustice that my family is experiencing?
Words cannot ever express the pain that our family feels at the loss of our son. The pain that I see daily in the eyes of my wife and children is unexplainable. It is out-of-order for parents to have to bury their children, but the attack by the heartless media outlets and community members with no empathy or sympathy just magnifies our pain. Our family is forced to fight for the honor of our son and we hope that you will join us. #JUSTICEFORDAVIDJR #BLACKLIVESMATTER #ALLLIVESMATTER
By The Loving Parents of David J. Telp, Jr.
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