- State declares test results for schools invalid (10/4/17)2
- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- The last person to be laid to rest at Old Lorimier Cemetery: Mary Russell Fox (10/17/17)2
Looking for answers
Without rehashing the particulars of the shooting incident that led to then-16-year-old Jonathan McClard's arrest and sentencing to a 30-year prison term, suffice to say that the McClard family has, in recent weeks, endured a tragedy that most of us cannot begin to imagine, including being notified by Missouri prison officials that their son had committed suicide in his cell as he was about to be transferred to the adult correctional facility in Charleston, Mo.
As with all instances of prison death, state officials are reluctant to release much information while an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death is made. This can have the effect of deepening the anguish of family members who have so many unanswered questions to fuel their concern.
Both the family and the public at large are entitled to a speedy and full airing of what happened in Jonathan McClard's prison cell. Factual information will go a long way toward cutting off unsubstantiated and malicious speculation.