Where Were You? Students' Stories of the Boston Marathon Bombing • An ICMPA Media Literacy Project
Everything on Monday April 15, 2013 seemed like a normal day until about 4:30 PM. At this time I was walking into my Fraternity house to hang around until I had to go to my next class. I walked in to an unexpected scene that consisted of many of my Fraternity brothers in the living room absorbed by what was happening on TV. I became interested and I learned that they were all watching CNN live news and I learned about the unfortunate event that had happened in Boston that day.
After the news had ended, many of the people in the living room began to talk about why people would ever do this. I sat there and though how it really sickened me to think that people would do such a cruel thing. I still was in shock that this had even happened and I was curious to hear more of the story.
Although I had to leave to go to my next class, all I did in my next class was look on my computer at the news reports about what was happening. I checked Facebook and twitter to see how many people were injured. I came across the picture of the guy who had his legs blown off and I couldn’t even believe it. I felt really bad that that guy had to go through something so detrimental to his life just because of some idiots who decided to bomb a marathon with thousands of people watching. The saddest news that I learned later was that an 8-year-old boy was killed in the bombing. He was so young and it’s just so unfair that this happened to him.
Later that day, we had our Fraternity meeting. One of our brothers is from Boston so this had a direct impact on him. We all asked if his family and friends were safe and made sure he knew that we would help him in any way we could. I couldn’t even imagine how I would feel if this happened to my hometown.
Later that night, I kept watching news and visited many websites to get a full understanding of what had happened. News sources were comparing the event to 9/11 terrorist attacks. This was pretty scary to think about because 9/11 had a huge impact on the US and I didn’t want that to happen again. It really upset me to think about how often these events have been happening in the past decade. I don’t want these events to happen because I don’t ever want my kids to have to hear about such terrible things happening to our beloved country, the United States of America.