Since the senseless murder of 20 young children and 7 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary we have been inundated with information and images of that soul wrenching day. Because of the age of the young victims and the heinousness of the crime many of us have been absorbing every piece of information that comes across the different forms of media outlets and holding our little ones a lot closer. But as a person on the other side of the television screen I have to wonder about the families and the community of Newtown Connecticut, and ask when does enough become enough? Enough cameras, enough reporters, enough questions, enough despair, enough.
It is the job of news outlets to keep the people informed, and with such a tragedy as the Sandy Hook massacres they are pulling out all the stops. Although every news director has a vision of how they want the story to come across to the public I believe there comes a point when they move from humanizing the moment to capitalizing on the moment. Everyone wants to get that image that goes viral and sums up the pain, like that of Carlee Soto after learning that her sister, Vicki Soto, a teacher who is being hailed as a hero, had died in the carnage, or the sound bite from one of the littlest survivors. Nothing provokes more emotion than the image of a six-year-old sharing a harrowing moment, but there has to come a time when the media leaves so families can begin to grieve, so mothers can bury their babies, so fathers can say good-bye to sons they will never witness become a men or daughters they will never have the honor of walking them down the aisle.
Sandy Hook, 9/11, Columbine, and other unimaginable events caused the earth to stand still if for a brief time, and yes the public becomes hungry for every piece of information but there comes a point when that need for more information moves from sympathy to psychologically damaging and the media must not continue to feed the beast. Let’s memorialize those lost and acknowledge the grief but we have to stop giving power to the problem, focus on the solution, and step away from sadness.
Names of the Victims:
Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female
– Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male
– Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female.
– Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female
– Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female
– Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female
– Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06, male
– Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, female
– Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06, female
– Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06, female
– Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male
– Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06, male
– James Mattioli , 3/22/06, male
– Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05, female
– Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female
– Emilie Parker, 5/12/06, female
– Jack Pinto, 5/06/06, male
– Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male
– Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06, female
– Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06, female
– Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female
– Lauren Rousseau, 6/1982, female (full date of birth not specified)
– Mary Sherlach, 2/11/56, female
– Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female
– Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male
– Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06, female
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