Ignore teen drinking? Tell that to Yeardley Love's family

What an outrageous and inexcusable point of view Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler provided to the citizens of Maryland to explain his unwillingness to address a disconcerting, dangerous and destructive event ("Gansler says breaking up teen party was not his job," Oct. 24).

Let me understand this correctly. According to Mr. Gansler's distorted vision of leadership, as a school teacher, I am only responsible for the children in my class, and it is completely acceptable for me to hit the mute button when I observe other students that have needs. I assure you that is not the case and that is not how a caring and responsible society behaves.

Even more shameful for Mr. Gansler and ironic is the fact this story was published just as Sharon Love, the late Yeardley Love's mother, was preparing to film "Be One for Change," an effort to raise awareness about domestic violence. I need not remind the folks in Maryland that it was a former Landon School student who murdered her daughter and allegedly spent many days in a drunken state. I challenge Mr. Gansler to tell Sharon Love in person that it is not your responsibility to intervene in an alcohol-fueled party by underage drinkers and see what response you receive.

Martha Lappe, Baltimore

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