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Letters to the editor, June 1

Hateful language

To the young Middle Eastern family leaving South Lakes Park on May 27, I am so sorry that you were subjected to the verbal taunting by a small group of thugs. It took me a little bit of time to process what I was hearing, and I am so sorry that I did not walk back to the parking lot to address those young men.

On my walk around the park, I thought of little else other than your family and came to the conclusion that I would seek out those who were so abusive once I got back to the parking lot. Unfortunately, they had already left.

To the young men who showed so little respect and tolerance for this young family — you made an assumption based on the clothing of this family. I refer you to the Bill of Rights.

Had you been paying attention in your American history classes, perhaps you would remember the First Amendment. It reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

What you were doing was nothing short of hate speech, bullying and harassment.

My prayers are with the young family who had to endure such hateful and vile language and with the young men who showed so little respect and tolerance for others.

Carol Rogers, Denton