Letter: Community must also take responsibility for death of AJ Freund

Letter to the Editor

It should be noted that there were many individuals and organizations who failed AJ Freund. McHenry County is rich in social services, yet, other than the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, none protected him. There could have been prevention and intervention services by Early Intervention Services, the school district preschool, mental health, substance abuse treatment, public health, public safety, the medical community and youth services. In addition, the religious community, his neighbors, and his extended family also failed him.

Yes, it takes a village to raise a child and, in this case, the village failed. Perhaps, we all have a lesson to learn from this terrible tragedy.


Judith A. Peterson

Master of Social Work, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Wonder Lake

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