Letters to the Editor

Youths with Prader-Willi shouldn’t be jailed

Tyler Jarvis, who has Prader-Willi syndrome, sits with his mom, Michelle Christian, at their Pismo Beach home.
Tyler Jarvis, who has Prader-Willi syndrome, sits with his mom, Michelle Christian, at their Pismo Beach home. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

This is in regard to the article describing the plight of Tyler Jarvis, who has Prader-Willi syndrome (“An insatiable need to eat,” Oct. 25).

Michelle Christian’s heroic and untiring vigilance over her son Tyler is commendable and should be encouraged, not dismissed as inconsequential. Surely it’s not necessary for him to be charged with a felony, as Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham recommends. It’s apparent that both mother and son desire for him to go to a group home, and he does not need to be compelled to stay there by the threat of prison.

Honey French, Grover Beach

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