June 4, 2012

Regarding Lauren Pond’s June 1 Style article “Witnessing a faith and its price”:

Ms. Pond photographed a snake-handling pastor as he lay dying from a snake bite he received during a religious ceremony. Although Ms. Pond was not a member of this snake-handling sect, she had an obligation as an educated and professional adult to intervene responsibly because there was an injury for which medical help could have been life-saving.

There are laws that permit “good Samaritans” to help strangers. Ms. Pond ignored her obligation by continuing to photograph a dying man instead of intervening to save him.

Peter Dunner, Potomac