Daily capital journal. (Salem, Or.) 1903-1919, August 07, 1913, Image 1 « Chronicling America « Library of Congress

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Doctors are Held and Frats Blamed

Kansas City Deeply Stirred by Death
of Girl, and Great Reforms in
Schools Urged.

[UNITED PRESS LEASED WIRE]

Kansas City, Aug. 7.—High school fraternities are indirectly blamed here today for the death of Miss Meta Zook, aged 18 years, of the Westport high school, as a result of a criminal operation. Dr. Fabian Pratt and Dr. Jacob Hall are held on a second degree charge of manslaughter.

Prohibition of dances and social entertainments, except under the chaperonage of instructors, is urged today as a result of the tragedy. The case also is expected to result in the introduction of sex hygiene into the school curriculum. Sixteen boys are involved in the Zook case, and Prosecutor Jacobs says he is determined to punish the guilty party.

Dead Girl’s Chum.

Genevieve Johnson, Meta’s chum, held at the detention home here, said:

“Hundreds of other girls do the same thing that Meta and I did, and get away with it. We were just unfortunate enough to be discovered.

“It’s pretty hard for a girl to refuse, when a handsome boy, having a car and plenty of money, drives up to her door and asks her to go for a spin. Young girls want good times. We went about our fun in the wrong way, I guess.

“I never had a mother to watch over me—she died when I was two years old—but Meta’s mother should have refused to let her go with that wild bunch of young spendthrifts of Westport. They cared nothing for us—but for one thing.”

Daily capital journal. (Salem, Or.) 1903-1919, August 07, 1913, Image 1 « Chronicling America « Library of Congress.

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