Anonymous Letters Disturb Students

Hannah Friel and Kenyon Watson

Recently, a group of sophomores and juniors received anonymous letters, which were dropped off mysteriously at their homes. It appears that the anonymous writer sent the letters to students from one particular group of friends, all of whom had recently experienced issues in their respective relationships. While these letters were apparently intended to be positive and offer advice to the students, some perceived the letters as harsh, critical, and violating.
Each letter was presented in an envelope with the receiver’s name in all caps, written in blue or black ink. Every letter was about two paragraphs long, typed in the same font, and ended with the sign off, “Until next time.” The letters were dispersed at different times, ranging from late December to early January.
Most of the letters were either left on the recipients’ doorstep or in their mailboxes, but junior Grant Miller had a more unique experience that made him uncomfortable. “What really freaked me out was the letter was actually left inside my house, not on my doorstep. I was awake when someone knocked on my door, so when I got up I found the letter on the floor in front of my bedroom,” Miller said.
While recognizing that his letter had kind intentions, Miller found it to be a little too personal. The fact that the anonymous writer actually entered Miller’s home concerned his mother, who contacted the police. However, because the letter was not a threat and provided no lead, the police were unable to take any action.
Junior Tessa Hanson found her letter tucked into the red flag on her mailbox. Confused and irritated after receiving the letter, Hanson debated for hours who wrote it. “At the time I really wanted to know who wrote it, but once I gave it some thought I was afraid that finding out would cause unnecessary tension,” Hanson said.
Hansons’s letter seemed to focus more on a previous relationship, which she felt violated her privacy. “The person who wrote the letter seemed to know a lot about me, and that freaked me out. Although I thought it went a little far, I do understand that the person writing these letters was genuinely trying to be nice and helpful,” Hanson said.
Junior Greg Pietrykowski also felt that the letters were simply an attempt by the writer to be supportive of  his or her classmates. On the morning of Dec. 30, Pietrykowski’s mother came in and handed him his letter, saying that she’d found it  on the doorstep. According to a tweet from Pietrykowski, the letter was “pretty spot on” with everything it mentioned. Pietrykowski believes that the letters were intended to help provide helpful advice to the recipients. “I didn’t really care after I read it: however, my parents were a little freaked out. Honestly, I think it was someone trying to help me out and be nice, but in reality, they are in no place to dictate or intervene in our lives,” Pietrykowski said.
“When I got my letter, I didn’t know that anyone else had received one,” sophomore Megan Melohn said. Melohn explained that her mother, concerned,  walked into her room and told her she had gotten a letter. Her letter consisted of flattering compliments and some relationship advice. “It was very well written, and super nice. I’m almost positive it was a boy’s handwriting.” Melohn wasn’t too annoyed with the letter, but she was very uncomfortable with the fact that the writer knew where she lived and that they took the time to bring it to her.
Junior Michael Yang wasn’t affected by his letter in the slightest. He thought it was a bit awkward, but recognized that all the information was true. Nothing stated in the note surprised him. “The writer had kind intentions, but no one should tell me how to live my life,” Yang said.
It is still unclear who wrote these letters, but some recipients think they have an idea. Mirador’s own staff writer, sophomore Olivia Vigo, took her letter to the police to find out the fingerprints, but later chose not find out the results of the investigation. Police said that since the letters did not contain threats, there is no point in trying to discover the writer. For now, he or she remains unknown.