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Provided to the TribuneBrent and Tiffany Kostelnik decorated their car to show their support for Jaycee Lee Dugard, but were disappointed when someone vandalized it.
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What happened to Jaycee Dugard is something our children have known about. We used it as an example of how easy it is to fall into the hands of a predator. When we found out about Jaycee, alive and healthy, we celebrated with tears and laughter.

How joyous to know that the girl my husband and I grew to love as we participated in the search as children when it first happened has returned. Jaycee and the Dugard family have become a part of every Tahoe local’s home.

With the excitement of her return, we showed our support by wearing pink ribbons and decorating our car with messages welcoming Jaycee home. On the night of Sept. 1, a group of South Tahoe High School kids, possibly 2010 seniors or someone framing the seniors, decided to toilet paper our driveway and use shaving cream to write on our car, more importantly, over our words about Jaycee.



Under normal circumstances we would chalk it up to fellow students playing a prank on our teenage daughter. Regardless, they defaced our messages of joy celebrating Jaycee’s return.

What they don’t realize is that any of them could end up in the position that Jaycee was in, and by their actions have shown no regard for the love and compassion this community is showing the Dugards.



Nobody in this world is immune to being attacked by an immoral person. Are we doing enough in our schools to teach our youth about the violence that exists in today’s world?

I worry about the teens who thought it was funny to wipe out “welcome home,” and write “2010 Seniors” over “We Love You Jaycee & the Dugard family.” I wonder if they have any clue of the seriousness of what occurred and how offensive it is to everyone in our community that they defaced our messages.

We cleaned your mess and you didn’t stop us from showing support for the Dugards. The only thing you accomplished was raising our concern that our youth doesn’t realize what the Dugards have experienced, that we live in a world where sexual predators exist.

Brent and Tiffany Kostelnik

South Lake Tahoe


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