Suzie Schechterle poses with her husband
Phoenix Police Officer Jason Schechterle, while on duty, “suffered fourth-degree burns to his hands and face when his patrol car was hit from behind by a taxi and exploded in flames in 2001.” He nearly died.
The Associated Press ran a picture of Officer Schechterle as part of “a series of award-winning stories chronicling Schechterle’s accident and fight to recover.”
A tabloid, Weekly World News, which is owned by American Media Inc., picked up the photo and ran it in a list of the “top 10 ugliest people” in its Feb. 7 issue.
The article that announced the settlement got me thinking about what is ugly.
I think it’s ugly to revel in the misfortune of others. I think it is ugly to victimize anyone to make a buck. I think it’s ugly to run a list entitled, “top 10 ugliest people.”
I’m glad that Jason Schechterle sued. I would have been glad for him if he had won the settlement for himself. Instead, The Foundation for Burns & Trauma in Arizona will recieve a “significant” donation. As Jason himself said, “Something bad has been turned into something very good.”
Jason, there is nothing ugly about you.
June 28, 2005 – What is ugly? 3 comments