Regarding my most recent submission regarding the Herald’s initial coverage of the Mazon Dungeon of Terror, I received extremely polarized feedback. Given some of the responses which both my family and I have received and continue to receive, there were apparently some misunderstandings that I wish to address.
The commentary was never directed negatively towards the Dungeon of Terror, the Mazon Fire Department or its head organizer, Deb Punke. In fact, the article refers to Punke as “a no doubt intergral part of this venture.” However, according to one email I received, “if one reads between the lines, it is apparent what I’m getting at.”
All I hoped to address is the fact that there was only one source listed in the story, and I felt that the fact that a substantial portion of the Mazon townspeople come together for a great cause is something that deserves more support.
There was no intent to encourage “self-interested behaviors” or anything of the sort. I remember how much it meant as a teenager to be featured in the Morris Daily Herald, and it’s something I personally believe everyone should experience. The Dungeon of Terror has always been for a great cause, and I am disappointed that I have never had the opportunity to take part, given my employment and now my current role as a student in college.
I have attempted to establish contact with those who felt either Mrs. Punke or the Dungeon itself were slighted, and was met with angry messages, verbal attacks against a family member, and on multiple occasions, was hung up on by leaders of the Dungeon. I hope to discourage such behaviors, and apologize for any misunderstanding that may have taken place in my recent submission.