June 27, 2001

Tampering With Truth: ABC News' First Statement

June 25, 2001

In an effort to understand how children are taught about environmental issues, ABC News obtained permission to interview a group of school students this past April in California. The parents of these children and their teacher consented to the interview. Indeed, several of the parents were present as the interview was conducted. At no time during the interview, or in the weeks and months after the interview, were any concerns or issues raised by any of the parents or children involved. Today, ABC News received a letter from some of the parents expressing concern about the interview.

While ABC News is confident that the interview was handled in a respectful and sensitive manner according to the highest journalistic standards, we take the concerns of these parents seriously and are reaching out to them to open a direct line of communication to resolve this issue.