The media is at it again. Not only does it appear that they incorrectly identified the shooter’s Facebook page, thereby putting an innocent person at risk, but they are interviewing the children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Hearing the voice of a child, who clearly doesn’t understand what’s happened, describe these horrors is surreal. I’m sure that’s what they’re counting on. Good ratings.
Asking 1st graders what it’s like to be shot at, as cable news networks are doing, is wildly inappropriate. It sensationalizes blood, horror, terror, and violent, premature death for ratings. This is part of the larger problem contributing to our culture of violence. It needs to stop immediately.
The media needs to talk to their parents, teachers, anyone else; they do not need to talk to the kids. The kids are witnesses and may be interviewed by police- isn’t that bad enough?
They are little kids. They’ve already been through something unspeakable. They will never forget this day. They don’t get to be kids like they should be. They will know sudden loss and the terror of knowing that bad things happen to good people for no reason, way before they should.
They do not need to have their sound bites made famous on this day.
They should be protected by their parents, teachers, and all adults, including the media. Not used for ratings. The country does not need to hear from any child directly – they can get the gist of what happened from the adults. There is no reason to interview a child. NONE.
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