Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Why I Have to Stop Watching TV News

A local high school student committed suicide with a gun in the school bathroom this morning and how is it being handled by one local TV station? The focus is not on the tragedy and the family's loss. The focus is on parental outrage that (a) a student got a gun into school and (b) their children, in lockdown at the school, weren't allowed to use their cell phones to call parents.


As a parent, I'm horrified that the news value here is not in the fact that a 17-year-old was so unhappy that he took his own life, or that the principal had to make that horrible call to the young man's parents telling them their son was gone. No. The news angle is that other parents are pissed off by the situation.

My heart goes out to this young man's family. I hope they are getting the hugs and support they need from those who are close to them because the general population sure doesn't seem too moved by the tragedy.

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