The worst…

Friday morning our TVs were bombarded with news of a school shooting…Tragedies attract so much attention…even mine.  It was the buzz in my office…Everyone wants to know exactly what happened…I believe it is partly a coping mechanism – to try to understand, to try to process…details were being release rapidly without confirmation…the wrong guy was named…his picture shared on Twitter, Facebook and the news…there were hateful messages left for the wrong guy on Facebook and Twitter…the magnitude of the situation speculated for hours…I saw a reporter walk into another station’s shot to get a statement from a child whose mother was being interviewed…I saw experts opining before the first press conference…it is all too much…Media fighting to release details first with little regard for complete accuracy…Sensationalism, that’s what it is…no need to sugar coat it with words like journalism…

Yesterday, I sat down again to maybe learn a little about the victims but again opinions and speculation were the top billed.  I turned the TV off and looked to the written news to get the basic information…And…the statement…the worst school shooting since…

The worst…Friday was the worst shooting for every mom, dad, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, grandmother, grandfather, cousin, husband, wife, son, daughter, grand-daughter, grandson whose child, brother, sister, nephew, niece, grand-daughter, grandson, husband, wife, aunt, uncle, cousin, grandmother, grandfather was not waiting at that fire station to go home…for Ryan Lanza whose name and face was plastered on the TV and lost his mother and brother…for every child that witnessed this event, every teacher, every faculty member lunch lady, janitor, speech pathologist, bus driver, office assistant, etc…for this community who lost friends, coworkers, relatives…for those people this was the worst school shooting no matter the statistics. 

To compare the loss of life to that of another shooting creates inaccurate comparisons in the real world…Loss of life is loss of life…no matter the number…Outside of a professional setting those statistics don’t matter…to the people affected by a tragedy this school shooting will always be the worst…statistics should be used to create legislation, to further studies on mental health, to further security enhancements, etc…not as a tagline on the 6 o’clock news…

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