I stared at the television in shock on Friday, my jaw dropped... it had happened again. I remembered back to the Virginia Tech shooting last school year. I remembered what a friend of mine said at the time: "The sad thing about this is that it will happen again somewhere else." I was repulsed by such an emotionless comment, mainly because I did not want to admit that I agreed.
This time, I was watching Good Morning America, during the switch from local news to national news.... only to be confused on why the two had been combined.... a college campus shooting was now only one state away. This was different than last year, when I was in undergrad in Oklahoma and pushed aside the notion that something like Virginia Tech could ever happen close to home.
As I began to absorb the news, I was transfixed by the scene behind the reporter, a live footage of the campus. How could this happen again?
Quickly my emotions turned to outrage as the live scene of the campus changed into a computerized demonstration of what happened earlier that day at NIU. Disgusted that the media would publicize and portray a murder in such a manner, demoralize the privacy of the victims, their families and friends, and sure of the fact that it would be showed over and over again, I turned the TV off.
Why is it so important for the public to have an imagery to go along with the shooting? What do we gain from a computer programmer patronizing the death of 5 students?
My heart goes out to the victims, injured, family, friends... and the computer programmer.