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Letter: Attack on teen was an attack on the community

Editor: Thank you for publishing the story about a teen being assaulted on Overlander beach by other youths (‘ Attack on teen has mom issuing warning ,’ Sept. 15).
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Editor:

Thank you for publishing the story about a teen being assaulted on Overlander beach by other youths (‘Attack on teen has mom issuing warning,’ Sept. 15).

Have we learned nothing? It hasn’t even been four months since the discovery of 200 probable graves on Tk’emlúps land, children cast aside because they were seen as difference and “less than” by cogs in a powerful system of oppression.

Yet here it is again — a youth in our midst is targeted and physically harmed by a group that exerted power over him.

I do not know Saundra, the mom, but I am a parent raising children in this community. I fully support Saundra in raising her child to be his authentic self.

And I commend the teen for being brave enough to express who he is. It is not easy.

At times, it is not easy to understand another person’s identity, but that is never an excuse to treat them badly or harm them intentionally.

All our identities have nuances on various spectrums, be it our introversion or extroversion, our skills and abilities, our sexuality and gender identity, our mental health and familial support or our faith affiliation and commitment.

This is a challenging time in the world. This community, among others, has just come through a difficult and trying summer. This calls for solidarity, not abuse of others.

Where are the families of this group of children that behaved so abhorrently towards a trans teen?

This expression of hate was an assault on the whole community.

Jane Gingrich

Lutheran pastor

Kamloops