Where Were You? Students' Stories of the Boston Marathon Bombing • An ICMPA Media Literacy Project
Monday began just like any other school day; rolling out of bed at 8 am on my way to class. Nothing about the day felt different by any means. I mean yea I knew the Boston Marathon was going on, but I’m not really into running so I didn’t think much of it. However, oddly enough the topic of the marathon kept coming up early in the day. One of my friend’s dads was running in it, another one of my friends had actually gone home to Boston to run in it with his family, and some of my friends from home who go to school in the area were posting on Facebook about how excited they were to experience the Boston Marathon. Little did I know the horrors that were to come that day. After my classes ended on Monday, I went to the gym, followed by a relaxing nap. Afterwards I decided to go on my laptop and browse the internet. The first thing I saw as I sat on my computer was a Facebook status by another one of my friends saying how lucky he was that his dad was alright and that prayers go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. As you could assume, this caught me a little off guard so I quickly turned on the TV and flipped the channel to CNN. What I saw I almost couldn’t comprehend. I couldn’t believe that while I was asleep something like this could happen to such innocent people. At first I felt shock, but that quickly turned to anger. Who would do something like this? Why?
Throughout the rest of the week my roommate and I were constantly checking the news to see if the bombers had been caught. We checked nearly every media outlet as the story developed. Without the media delivering information to every citizen in the United States, I don’t think there would have been such an outcry of support for all the victims in this horrible and tragic situation. There also wouldn’t have been as much celebration around the country without the media covering the capture of the bombers. Although it is great that the bombers were captured, I feel as if the media almost makes these horrible criminals “famous.” As a country we need to focus less on covering the evildoers and show more support for the people who are affected by tragedies such as these.