I am writing with regard to Bill Sheets’ Monday article on John Pyles, whose son was injured while riding a skateboard. Joe Pyles deserves sympathy for his injuries, he’s got a long recovery ahead and I wish him well. The fault for his injuries, however, does not lie in an absence of laws regulating skateboards. The fault, quite frankly, lies with his parent, who should have taught him the responsible way to enjoy the activity.
I don’t need a law to tell me to teach my kids not to skateboard off of my roof, I can figure out how to teach them. Mr. Pyle’s energy might be better spent advocating better education for parents and kids about the right and wrong ways to enjoy skateboards, rather than asking the government and police to do his parenting for him. If this sounds like adding insult to injury, imagine how he might have felt had the police tacked on a $1,000 fine to this already tragic experience.
David A. Pacey