I am the wife of Jeremy Flygare, one of the teachers featured on your front page (May 3, "Teacher arrests in Top of Utah raise questions"). I am writing because I am disappointed in the lack of empathy and compassion running such stories shows. Of course, when such things are breaking news, stories should be published.
However, for a broken family trying to get our life back together, we face a huge setback every time a piece like this is published. I am a personal friend of the families of others mentioned in the article, and I am sure they would second my opinion.
My husband is a good man, trying to make amends for the huge mistake he made, yet I am disheartened at the way a general public that tends to preach forgiveness and redemption so often fails to actually practice that. This article only reflects that.
I am wondering if the Standard realizes the way stories that dredge up old crimes re-victimize people, especially in instances like ours when there really is nothing new to report. Not only am I, myself, affected by the story, but my three completely innocent children feel the repercussions. My in-laws and my own extended family also suffer. And of course, my husband feels the ill effects.
Not only are we all affected, but I feel it necessary to point out that rehashing previously concluded news stories like this also affects the victims of said crimes. How would you feel, if you were a victim of a crime--years past now--trying to remake your life, and yet unnecessary reminders like this article continued to arise? This is a point that needs to be raised. I am disappointed in the lack of respect the media often shows for both the direct and indirect victims of crimes.