Junking the PC stylebook or a typo at the Palm Beach Post editorial page?
The Post had an editorial today about the State Attorney's Office decision to try Ranald Gilbert as an adult. Last month the 16-year-old was involved in a fatal car crash after he stole the car he was driving. Nakea Black was killed along with her unborn baby. See Ms. Black was 7 months pregnant at the time of the accident. The Post not surprisingly thinks that trying children as adults is overdone. It's done when the crime warrants it. It certainly does so in this case.
There's something curious in the editorial. I'm just to quote part of it.
Palm Beach County State Attorney Barry Krischer's office last week charged Ranard Gilbert, 16, as an adult in the death of Nakea Black. Ms. Black, 22, died Aug. 22 when a stolen truck allegedly driven by Gilbert ran a red light and hit the car in which she was a passenger. The crash also killed her unborn son.
What I find interesting is the use of the word son. I've complained in the past about the use of the word fetus instead of baby. Blaming it on political correctness in newsreporting or in newspaper style books.
It's interesting here because, here is the headline that reported the accident originally. The article has been archived so I can't post it, only the headline.
PREGNANT WOMAN, FETUS DIE IN CRASH
Nice to see the Post editorial page get it right if only in one small detail. Or did Mr. Schultz and his crew just make a typo?