Where Were You? Students' Stories of the Boston Marathon Bombing • An ICMPA Media Literacy Project
I heard that there had been bombings in Boston using the CNN application on my iPhone while I was sitting in terrible traffic on the beltway. My phone flashed with the notification that something had happened. When I first stated reading what had happened I felt sick. I was very worried about what was going to happen next. All I could think was “oh no, not something like this again!” After I got home around 3:30, I turned on my television to see more of what was going on. I was shocked to see the news channels showing runners being blown off their feet onto the ground. I could not believe all the blood that they were showing on the streets. The only thing I could think about was who could have done this terrible act. I would have never thought that it would be a college student just like me.
As time passes, we first found out how these acts were committed. It shocked me when I read on my iPhone that they had used pressure cookers. More time passes and next I find out who had done these terrible acts and more than a week later we find out why these acts were committed. It seems that we have had the television on CNN constantly waiting to find out new information and when I do not have the TV on, I am constantly checking for new news on the computer. The media did a great job of keeping everyone informed and they played their role very balanced and well informed.
When I first saw the tweet from the Boston Police Department that the bombers had been captured I was so happy but also worried about what was going to be happen to him. Would his punishment be enough? I was so shocked to find out that he had not been read his Miranda rights. This seems so scary to imagine this guy getting off on a technicality.