This May be a Great Time to Ignore Social Media for a Few Days [OPINION]
Has anyone else reached information overload? Our hearts, thoughts, tears, prayers, sympathy - all the emotions go out to the victims' families and everyone impacted by the most devastating school tragedy that has ever hit Michigan. But at some point, I think we all come to realize that our emotions have been rubbed completely raw and we need to think about entering the healing phase.
And please understand, I grappled with the wording of that first paragraph, knowing that words on a screen can sometimes not properly convey the sincerity that the human voice can.
Taking a break from social media (maybe just for the weekend) may be something that helps me turn off my brain for a bit and give me an opportunity to practice some self-care. I wouldn't blame you if you think that's a selfish approach. But it's what I'm feeling and we're all entitled to have whatever feelings we're having right now, right?
Some Facts in the Oxford School Shooting Remain the Same
There are several facts regarding the school shooting in Oxford that have been established and will not change regardless of how many times we are exposed to the endless loop that is being shown on TV and online.
- A 15-year-old shooter (We are purposefully not stating his name here) opened fire in the hallway of Oxford High School, killing four students and injuring several others.
- He's being charged as an adult and faces more than two dozen charges including an act of terrorism.
- His parents may face criminal charges as well.
- Tate Myre, 16, Hana St. Juliana, 14, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Justin Shilling, 17, all lost their lives on that tragic day. Each was a special, unique individual who will be sorely missed by family and friends throughout the community.
Social Media is Abuzz With Opinions
Social media is not the root of all evil. Facebook et al can be a great place for sharing opinions and expressing sympathy. But in a crisis like this, it can also be a petri dish that fosters the growth of blame, criticism, and conspiracy theories. Principals, superintendents, teachers, parents, kids, in districts far and wide are being hailed, blamed, defended, and scrutinized over and over again.
I'll leave you with one final thought. It's OK to not be OK. Do what you need to do to take care of yourself and your own well-being.