Chardon school shootings, the Day After: Mourning in virtual and personal space
During and following the intensely painful community tragedy and intimately poignant vigils on Monday, the Chardon community kept pouring out its heart on social media sites.
- Starting late Monday night and into Tuesday, the tweets and Facebook updates were tilting away from information or rumors about the shootings themselves and toward healing or at least grappling with the reality of the day after two teenagers had been gunned down, another remained in critical condition and three others were OK, but had been shot.
The wearing of red around town increased as the word got around on twitter, facebook, by email, by text and by signs in store windows.
When news came out around 1 p.m. that a third victim -- Demetrius Hewlin -- had just died at Metrohealth Hospital, Twitter temporarily slowed to a crawl as the anguish redoubled.
The social media response to suspected shooter TJ Lane ranged from vitriolic anger to compassion for his family.
- Dear T.J Lane . I understand the pain of holding in so much. There is but so much you can take. We are only human. I know I don't know you but I just wish you could have more understanding people around you. I wish life could have been easier. But I will keep you in my prayers. Keep looking forwards. And remember GOD doesn't send obsticles your way that you can't overcome.
- This photo of T.J. Lane Jr., published by WEWS TV in Cleveland was re-tweeted literally hundreds of times within 10 minutes after it posted.
- I am sicken by the events for the young TJ Lane , what he did is wrong ... But what are these children doing these days to each other that a young boy can to make such harsh and angry decision to kill someone? I am so sadden by this boy and all the family's lives are hanged forever . Antibully in affect - EYEbelieve.. Why did anyone ask a question ? Huff....
Did you find this story interesting? Be the first to like or comment.