Letter to 'obese children' from alleged Fargo woman goes viralFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's gone viral: a letter allegedly written by a Fargo woman, claiming she'll be handing out letters to obese children who trick-or-treat in her neighborhood on Halloween.
By: Drew Trafton, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's gone viral: a letter allegedly written by a Fargo woman, claiming she'll be handing out letters to obese children who trick-or-treat in her neighborhood on Halloween.
The letter asks parents to ration candy and enforce healthy eating habits.
"A letter to give to their parents instead of any Halloween candy."
On Wednesday, national media outlets could not get enough of the letter from a Fargo resident using trick-or-treating to wage a personal war against obesity.
"They say, to the parents, '...your child is, in my opinion, moderately obese.'"
But there's a fundamental question that's been left unanswered: who wrote it?
The letter first came to the public's attention through the Y-94 morning show in Fargo.
The hosts claim a woman named Cheryl, who later allegedly called in to the program, wrote the letter.
Cheryl: “I think it's just really irresponsible of parents to just send them out looking for free candy because all of the other kids are doing it."
Compelling stuff, right?
We contacted Y-94 to see if we'd be able to get Cheryl's contact information to see if she'd be willing to talk with us.
"You know, I've kind of been forwarding everything to the morning show as they've had communication with her."
As directed, we sent an email to one of the hosts of that morning show.
After a brief exchange, we were told the show was asked to no longer forward Cheryl's information.
Further questions about who requested the information freeze went unanswered.
So, what? You're asking-- why the skepticism in the first place?
It turns out this isn't the first time Y-94 has had the authenticity of a viral event be called into question.
Y-94 clip: "Why are we encouraging deer to cross at the interstate. I don't get it. It's such a high traffic area."
A clip from a woman calling into the station confused about deer crossings has also grabbed national spotlight.
Y-94 clip: "To lobby deer crossings to be in areas where these deer are so likely to be struck by oncoming traffic."
Dawn the deer lady has never surfaced, either.
WDAY 970 AM radio host Jay Thomas says it's not unheard of for radio shows to generate interest by faking events.
Thomas: "That's what makes good morning radio. And kudos to a radio station that can pull if off. But again, that's the beauty of radio. That's what gets people to listen. You don't know if it's real, you don't know if it's fake. "
And regardless of the letter being genuine... the conversation it's sparked is 100 percent real.
Sarah Lundstrom; "It's nobody's business except the parents if their child is obese and shouldn't be consuming chocolate or candy."
Daniel Green: "It's up to the parents how they raise their kids. And having other parents try to raise their kids by giving them these letters is just awful. If it's real, of course."
And if it's fake? Let's face it-- it wouldn't be the first time the nation was fooled by a Halloween time broadcast.
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Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Orson Welles rendition of 'War of the Worlds.'
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