I too once wrote a letter (which my uncle still has on display in his home today) which lots of family (excluding him and I), friends and other onlookers doubt was really written by the then young boy Lucas D. Smith. My letter was a bit gritty, contained slang, was witty and written in dexterous cursive writing. Adults have doubts after reading the slang and witty language and teens have doubts when they see the cursive writing.
I believe that when I was in 1st grade we were being taught cursive letters and writing. Nowadays many students graduate high school without ever (K thru 12) having been taught cursive. At some point in 2012 I was visiting my uncle’s home when two teens (approx 19 & 15, I believe) spotted the letter (on display) and inquired about it and were subsequently informed that it was written by a then young boy Lucas D. Smith. The teen girl balked that that was impossible because the letter had been written in cursive. The of-age teen guy then co-signed with, “Yeah, most [high school] seniors don’t know how to write in cursive.”
I could have explained to them that when I was a boy in grade school that cursive writing was taught in class everyday. I didn’t though because lots of teens in 2012/2013 haven’t yet learned to discipline their attention span and any attempts by me to conscientiously defend my letter would have been met, within a few seconds, with a derogatory jab. So instead I just told them to shut-up and asked them if they worked for the FBI.
My point is that I don’t know, I can’t ascertain, whether or not a 10 year old Natalie Barden wrote the letter pictured above (truncated) and featured in the below embedded Anderson Cooper video.
However, I can’t help but wonder if Natalie Barden (sister of 7 year old Daniel Barend who was killed in the Newtown shootings) didn’t receive a little help from her father, mother or some other adult while, or before, the untoward letter was ostensibly written.
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