Charlie Hall drew and editorial cartoon for the Barrington Times (RI) and created a wave of upset readers. The cartoon is described as:
In the first panel of the cartoon, a high-school student is being harassed by others for urging her peers not to drink. A girl tells the student, “Yea, if WE want to drink underage, it’s OUR CHOICE.”
In the second panel, a couple is standing over a coffin. A funeral director says, “Of course you can have the coffin closed or open â?? it’s your choice.”
Apparently, many readers assumed that the girl in the cartoon was a recent teen death and it hit a nerve. Both the cartoonist and the paper have apologized for the hurt feelings.