E-book on ‘Peter Boy’ hurt­ful for fam­ily

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - INSIGHT -

Out­ra­geous. How un­be­liev­ably un­con­scionable of Lil­lian Koller to write an e-book out­lin­ing the lives and abuses of Peter Boy Kema and his sib­lings, with­out au­tho­riza­tion from the fam­ily. And for what pur­pose? There can’t pos­si­bly be any­one in the state who has not known and ag­o­nized over the story, so it can’t have been to “in­form.”

What else then, but to sen­sa­tion­al­ize? Koller states that the in­for­ma­tion used was in the public do­main and that her in­ten­tions were good. That’s com­pletely ir­rel­e­vant. Sim­ply put, it is not her story to tell. To do so with­out the knowl­edge and per­mis­sion of the fam­ily is rep­re­hen­si­ble.

We see noth­ing good about con­tin­u­ing to re­mind Peter Boy’s fam­ily of the hor­rors to which he, and they, were sub­jected. Such wan­ton in­tru­sion into an in­tensely pri­vate and painful part of their past is the last thing they need. What we should all pro­vide

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