Where Were You? Students' Stories of the Boston Marathon Bombing • An ICMPA Media Literacy Project
On April 15th, 2013 I had just got back from class around 2:00 pm and I went to grab lunch. I got lunch, went back into my dorm room, and started to watch some TV. I had no clue what had happened that day. I heard no news of the Boston marathon bombing. While I was watching TV I decided to check my Twitter. When I opened up Twitter on my cell phone, I was surprised to see a lot of tweets about Boston. None of them were very specific; most of them just said something then had the tag #prayforboston. What happened? I was shocked. Unfortunately, because of the recent events of this past year from the Aurora movie theater shooting to the Sandy Hook tragedy, I knew what had happened. Some other sick individual or individuals struck again.
I quickly opened my laptop, logged on to my computer, and tried to figure out what happened. I opened up the internet and typed google.com into the address bar. When it loaded, I typed Boston into the search bar and the top searched results included something that made my stomach drop, it read “Boston marathon explosion”. Someone had chosen to attack one of the most popular marathons, spectated by thousands of people enjoying a feat of human physical fitness. I read a few articles reporting the news on the Boston marathon bombing from CNN, Huffington Post, and the New York Times. All of them had different views on the subject but all of them told a similar story, someone set off two bombs near the finish line of the race. A few people died and hundreds were injured. I couldn’t help but think “Who would do this?”
The worst part is that this wasn’t the only tragedy that week; there was also a fertilizer plant explosion that killed about a dozen people and injured more than 160 others. The explosion was so large that it registered a 2.1 magnitude earthquake. I learned about this via a link of a man recording a video of the explosion with his daughter that I found on Facebook. There was also a massacre in Syria. All of these tragedies just kind of rolled together to one terrible week for everyone. The manhunt that followed the Boston marathon explosion was covered everywhere. Every news channel I turned to and every news website I saw, there was always a constant update on how the manhunt was going. They reported that they had suspects and eventually one was killed and one was in custody. Finally Boston could sleep a little easier.