Even if true, the story used in the Church News Viewpoint (Aug. 16) is a terrible illustration. The child's reaction to an adult's continual verbal abuse and derision, an adult with obvious serious mental problems, was a natural reaction for any young child who had suffered more than enough. The article actually implies she may have contributed to his suicide: "She stormed off down the street ... (and) within the hour, the man was dead."
I say good for her for standing up to him. To lay any kind of guilt on a young child in that situation is wrong. Surely, we can think of more uplifting stories to use regarding the effects of kindness and being examples of the Savior's love than the misplaced guilt trip of a young child.