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SHOOTINGS: Social media can be ally against violence

Letter by Shannon L. Sweeney, Seattle on Nov. 12, 2014 at 12:43 pm with No Comments »
November 12, 2014 12:43 pm

Re: “Far more can be done to prevent school shootings” (TNT, 11-10).

Social media platforms are the new threats and suicide notes. Social media is one of the dominant ways that we as a society communicate to one another, and it’s time that we use this interface as more than just a tool for finding “the one” or a nearby restaurant.

The writer of this article points out what should be obvious.

By strengthening the social network around teens, we can increase the chances of preventing tragedies like the one that occurred at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. This first step to any problem is seeing it, and this article addresses social media where Jaylen Fryberg made troubling thoughts public.

However, the social network outside the wires either didn’t take it seriously or didn’t know they should act on seeing those words. Either way it’s a disservice to the victims of these horrific events that we haven’t been able to harness something so powerful into something that can save lives.

We can start making a difference now, by paying attention and confronting distressing thoughts we see from those around us. As this writer points out, we don’t always have to wait for policy to catch up.

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