Recently a duck was killed by some teenagers in a Westfield Park. A cruel heartless act. It makes people ask, what is wrong with people today. The Springfield area seems to have more than its share of murders. Typically it is inner city youth involved. The deaths are often drug related. At lunch today the conversation focused on why does the murder of a duck get more attention than one of people?
Here is a partial list of stories involving Ozzie The Duck.
Here is a partial list of murder stories involving humans.
As someone reading and watching the local media, this coverage seems way out of proportion. The duck seems much more important than the deaths of people on the streets. Is it because the duck was innocent and people are not? Maybe the evilness of the city versus the innocence of nature? Possibly a racial thing? Probably components of all of the above.
Clearly Ozzie’s killers must be caught and punished. Honestly, I don’t think we get half the coverage following most local murders. We often hear about the ‘sanctity of human life’. It would be nice to see that reenforced by news stories that were more than the ‘hit and quit’ effort that many reporters are engaged in as their assignment editor has dumped five or six stories on them to report, video, write and possibly edit.
Or you could do repeated stories on a duck, everyone loves ducks.
Stories on Ozzie: