News Response #3

This week, I heard and read articles about a terrifying and reckless news event. There was a shooting in Parkland, Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School just before 3pm on Wednesday, February 14. It was reported that the shooter was a 19-year-old former student. Multiple reports claimed that more than a dozen people were injured and several people were killed in the shooting. Firstly, my friend graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School 3 years ago. I heard about the shooting from her right when it happened, before I saw it in the news. She had minimal detail, but within the first 15 minutes of her telling me about it, I had multiple friends from schools all around the country reaching out to me with various details. It was fascinating to observe how fast the news travels around and to weigh the accuracies and inaccuracies of the details that I was told before I read the news. Furthermore, I found it interesting how the Atlanta Journal Constitution decided to cover this event. In an article from the AJC, I saw a video titled “What to do When There is an Active Shooter”. The video displayed 5 steps to take when there is an active shooter. Although this is a horrific occasion, the AJC used the shooting as a learning opportunity for its audience. I think this was a  smart and useful tactic because it is such a surreal and sensitive topic that can realistically happen to anyone in any circumstance.