Where Were You? Students' Stories of the Boston Marathon Bombing • An ICMPA Media Literacy Project
I got out of a rehearsal, set up my computer outside of a practice room, and checked my facebook at 5 on 4/15. One of my friends posted, “At least 3 dead.” I had no idea what had happened, but I knew that something tragic just occurred. I went to Yahoo and saw that every article was about a bombing at the Boston Marathon. The first article I checked had a video of the explosions. I did not really know what was happening, but I was grateful that there was a video to help me understand the trauma and horrific event that just happened. After reading all of these articles and watching many videos, I was incredibly upset. However, something moved me far more than any other aspect of this attack. There are heroes who still risk their lives for others. I remember thinking that I will lose hope in humanity when people stop responding to tragedies with heroism.
There have been so many tragedies this year such as the Aurora shooting and the Sandy Hook shooting. I know that there are and always will be terrible people in the world. Over the past few years, I have thought that people suck and that there are so many terrible and selfish people in this world. When I read articles about the Aurora shooting, I kept seeing articles about the heroes who risked their lives to save others. I remember praying for the courage that these people had in time of crisis. This same thing hit me when I read about the heroes in Boston. I stopped thinking, “This world is terrible” and started praying for courage. I was so grateful to these amazing, selfless people. No matter what tragedy occurs, the heroism will always overshadow the hate.
I regularly work out and exercise, but I have never run before. I ran once in high school because it was part of a class, but I hated it. It is not comfortable and can actually be quite painful. I was sitting on my couch on Tuesday contemplating taking a nap. I could not stop thinking about Boston. I was praying for courage and strength, but i was about to take a nap. I realized how lazy I was being and how hypocritical I was, so I stood up and went for a run. I have added running to my regular routine and use this time to pray for the victims of the Boston bombing. A few days after the bombing, I heard the song, “Proud to be an American” and for the first time in years, I was proud. There are so many good people that deserve our admiration.