I have spoken with friends and acquaintances whose reaction to the tasering is almost completely the opposite of mine. These conversations have challenged me, but every one has left me enriched by the thoughtfulness and care that exists in our community.
Concern is also reflected in the comments section of every news outlet covering the tasing story. Unfortunately, these comments sections seem to attract many who hold a simplistic view entirely devoid of empathy for either students or police ("Punk: deserved it" OR "Police: stupid thug").
The comment moderators on The Eye (Jen Alexander, Ed McKeon, and myself) will not reject comments that we disagree with or that are difficult to understand, but we will reject any that are anonymous and ugly. Of course, each of us has slightly different ideas of ugly, but we share the belief that no anonymous comment should insult or defame or spread rumor. This morning I rejected an anonymous comment which called another commenter 'you idiot'.
If you want to publish an anonymous and insulting comment, you will have to find another news outlet. If you really really must insult somebody in The Middletown Eye, let everybody know who you are and we'll approve it.
Hopefully our community's thoughtfulness and care can be reflected in the comments section of The Eye.