Managing the Media After Tragedy

Friday, October 25, 2013


Victims of tragedy and their families often struggle to create something worthwhile out of incalculable loss. To create awareness for their causes, they must learn how to manage the media. Karen Duffin reports on the intersection of tragedy and media coverage.

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So some of the people from Columbine have an anti-bullying foundation? Ok, I guess, if you have the spotlight and microphone, do the best you can with it. But if they have turned water in to wine, averted 500 suicides, and 7 school shootings. How can they correlate these instances of proving a negative (which I'm really, really skeptical of) with their bullying assembly (you know they are the most widely seen assembly in the country... err something?)
Especially considering the fact that I think we can all agree at this point, that Columbine, like most school shootings are not the result of bullying. That is, these two things are not mutually exclusive. The truth is much more troubling... But I'll let you draw your own conclusions there.
In any case, Columbine should not be synonymous with bullied kids shooting up their high school. It should be about signals missed, kids feeling disconnected from authority figures, and, most importantly, a Psychopath and his suicidal side-kick friend (who likely didn't even shoot at anyone at school... oh, I forgot, he didn't shoot at anyone, except himself).
If we really want to stop violence in schools, we should stick to the facts, and respond however is most effective. What we should not do is give folks license to rest assured that their kid is nice, and so are his friends, thus they aren't bullying anyone, so they won't get shot by the weird quiet kid at school. The kids at Columbine were not loaners, not that overtly "different" (whatever that means), didn't get "bullied" (another amorphus word that has lost all meaning), who had loving parents, who were involved in their lives (to a healthy extent), they had had girlfriends and plenty to look forward to. They had also told their friends what they had intended, but to a person, they have all basically said, "If I told an authority figure what I knew, they wouldn't have cared, and wouldn't have believed me anyway." This is apathy and disenfranchisement and it doesn't really matter if they are correct in their assumptions, what matters is that we take and examine these facts, and, instead of putting armed guards in schools (like they had at Columbine), we do what works best, and not what is easy or convenient (like having a bullying assembly that is columbine themed to "prevent 7 school shootings, and over 500 suicides).

Oct. 26 2013 07:31 AM

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